By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff
New Boston University coach David Quinn has added some scoring to the future, as forward Bobo Carpenter — son of former NHL all-star Bobby Carpenter — committed to BU Friday. The 16-year-old North Reading resident could come to BU as early as 2015.
Carpenter was second on his team in scoring as a sophomore last season, recording 16 goals and 14 assists in 24 games with Austin Preparatory School. He had his best game on Feb. 21 when he scored four goals in a 9-0 win over Falmouth high school.
“He is a coach’s dream,” said Austin Prep hockey coach Lou Finocchiaro, adding that Carpenter will be a captain as a junior next season. “His work ethic is phenomenal. His positiveness on the ice, off the ice, in the locker room is impeccable … He is a phenomenal hockey player.
“[Quinn] is going to be extremely, extremely happy with his choice of Bobo Carpenter when it is all said and done. I think he has got a diamond in the rough.”
According to Finocchiaro, who is a former Merrimack College assistant coach, Boston College, Providence College and the University of New Hampshire all showed interest in Carpenter.
Bobo’s father Bobby made history as the first U.S. citizen to jump directly to the NHL from high school. He spent 18 seasons in the NHL, including four with the Boston Bruins, and scored 320 career goals. Bobo’s sister, Alex, is an All-American at Boston College and led Hockey East in scoring as a sophomore in 2012-13.
Carpenter is the second player to commit to BU after Jack Parker retired, following forward Nick Roberto’s decision last month to come to BU this fall.