Hockey East media day transcript: Wade Megan and Ryan Ruikka

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

Senior captain Wade Megan

On how the freshmen have looked so far:
“So far so good. We have been on the ice only a handful of times but guys coming in have been working hard so that is a good sign.”

On if anyone has stood out:
“They are all really good players. They have been working really hard which is the biggest thing. So we will see moving forward.”

On being ranked third in the preseason Hockey East coaches poll:

“It’s preseason. It doesn’t mean a whole lot right now. We are just excited to get the season started and get going here.”

On getting back to hockey:
“It will be great. I think it is going to be important for us just to get back to the rink and keep working hard. Like I said, we are just excited to get the season started.”

On filling the spots left vacant with last year’s departures:
“We are all going to have to [fill in the empty spots]. We lost some key guys but the ten guys coming in are going to need to contribute early and often. That is going to be a big part of our success this year.”

On the freshmen goalies:
“Like I said, we have only been on the ice a handful of times but the biggest thing I see in them is that they both compete and that is something we haven’t had. So it is going to be important for those guys to just compete against each other and continue to make each other better.”

On BU coach Jack Parker’s coaching style:

“He is pretty consistent. He has his style of coaching and we respond to it. We like the way he coaches but I don’t think he has changed much over the four years. I am excited to play for him for a fourth year.”

Senior assistant captain Ryan Ruikka

On his new role as assistant captain:
“I think it’s great. I’m honored that coach selected me for that. It’s a blessing. I’m looking forward to just kind of leading the guys and just having guys look up to me.”

On it being his fifth year with the team and taking control of a young group:
“I think it’s great. I was actually with all of the freshmen during second summer term working out with them. They are all great hockey players. They work real hard. Just great kids to be around so I’m looking forward to working with them.”

On filling empty spots on defense:
“We definitely lost some great players back there but we have plenty of other good ones to fill in and make a good contribution to the team.”

On if there is any extra responsibility with only two captains:

“The numbers isn’t the biggest thing. You need your whole group of upperclassmen to just be leaders on the team and set the example for all the other guys. I think that is what makes the difference. Yeah, we have a letter on our jersey but we are not the only leaders on the team.”