Local product Max Prawdzik commits to BU

Goaltender Max Prawdzik, a native of Andover and a graduate of the Brooks School, has committed to play for Boston University starting this fall.

Prawdzik announced the news via his Twitter account:

In his senior season at Brooks, Prawdzik compiled a 19-5-4 record, a 1.39 goals-against average, and .943 save percentage, in addition to recording six shutouts. He was named the 2014-15 ISL Eberhart Division MVP and also received 2014-2015 All New England Team honors.

Back on March 8, he led Brooks to a 4-2 victory over Belmont Hill in the NEPSAC Martin/East Large School title game, recording 26 saves in the contest.

Prawdzik, who is 6-foot-3 and 165 pounds, will compete with goaltenders Sean Maguire and Connor LaCouvee for time in net this fall.

Forward Kevin Duane transfers to Quinnipiac

Winger Kevin Duane is transferring to Quinnipiac University, a BU source confirmed with The Daily Free Press.

The forward nabbed playing time in just four games this season and did not register a point in any of them. During his freshman campaign, when he was in the lineup for 32 games, Duane tallied six goals and four assists for 10 points on the season.

Prior to his two-year stint with the Terriers, the New Canaan, Connecticut native played in both the USHL an the EJHL for the 2012-13 season. He had 12 points (5g, 7a) in 18 games for the Waterloo Black Hawks in that time before moving to the Boston Jr. Bruins and recording 28 points (13g, 15a) in 25 games.

In 2011-12, Duane was captain of his team at The Brunswick School and also served as its top scorer with 29 goals and 24 assists for 53 points.

Jeff Cox and Chris Heisenberg first reported the news. Duane will play his first game for the Bobcats in the 2016-17 season.

Update: An original version of this article stated Cox also added that, while Duane would normally redshirt for the 2015-16 season, “there will be an appeal to NCAA similar to Collier going from BU to Northeastern last offseason.”

Actually, per Cox, the NCAA no longer grants appeals for transfer without sitting so Duane will not play until the 2016-17 season.

Legacy forward Brady Tkachuk commits to BU

Like his father before him, Brady Tkachuk has committed to play hockey at Boston University. The forward tweeted the news Tuesday night.

“Proud to announce my commitment to Boston University!” Tkachuk wrote. “Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way!”

USA Hockey announced on April 9 that Tkachuk is signed on to play for the U-17 National Team Development Program for the 2015-16 season and will compete for the NTDP’s U-18 squad the next year as well, scheduling him to arrive on Comm. Ave at the earliest for the 2017-18 season.

Tkachuk, born in 1999, had 43 points in 30 games this past season in the Tier I Elite Hockey League as a member of the St. Louis AAA Blues midget minor program. The 5-foot-9, 154 pounder led his team in points and assists (28), while his goal total (15) was good for third. He also contributed two goals in four games during the playoffs for the Blues.

The St. Louis native had been selected 67th overall by the London Knights during the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

Winger Keith Tkachuk, Brady’s dad, suited up for the Terriers in the 1990-91 season and had 40 points (17-23) in 36 games. He was selected 19th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1990 NHL Draft and also spent time with the Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Thrashers, playing 1,201 games and registering 1,065 points (538-527—1,065). Keith also notched 56 points in 89 career playoff games.

Best of 2014-15: Top 10 photos from the season, as picked by Maya Devereaux

This year, we had the absolute pleasure of having a phenomenal photographer accompany us to most of our games. Maya Devereaux was there the whole year to capture visually what we couldn’t capture in writing — and did a phenomenal job with that.

We had Maya narrow down some of her favorite pics from this memorable season to a top 10, and give a little background behind each photo. You can also find more of her photos from this season on our Flickr.

10. Hockey East final, the team exiting the rink

PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF
PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF

Maya Devereaux: “Until I stood by the rink exit to the locker room after the team won the Hockey East title, I never realized how much these young boys look up to and idolize the players. I remember security had to tell them to stop hanging off of the stands because they were completely blocking the doorway.”

9. NCAA Regional Final, the post-win celebration

PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF
PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF

MD: “Postgame celebration photos are pretty standard, but Cason’s spill made it a much better shot. I couldn’t help but laugh when he crashed into the group and fell while I was taking it.”

8. BU vs. Notre Dame, Evan Rodrigues’ celebration

PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF
PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF

MD: “When someone scores a goal, there’s a 50/50 chance they’ll turn to the crowds or get pinned up against the glass in a group hug. Thankfully, he happened to be right in front of me, otherwise I would not have gotten such straight-on angle.”

7. Frozen Four first round, After Ahti Oksanen’s goal

PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF
PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF

MD: “Ahti Oksanen had just scored a goal, tying the score 1-1 against Yale. There’s not much to the photo, it’s just a sweet moment.”

6. National championship game, Matt O’Connor eyeing the puck

PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF
PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF

MD: “It’s hard to get a good shot of any goalie with the puck, since the offensive side is usually hovering the goal area, but this was completely unobstructed.”

5. Hockey East final, second period right after Nikolas Olsson’s goal

PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF
PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF

MD: “This was one of my favorites because it’s not often that I get a photo that includes the celebrating team, the puck AND the opposing side’s goalie staring back at it in shock.”

4. National championship game, second period after Cason Hohmann’s goal

PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF
PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF

“Though Hohmann isn’t even pictured in this frame, the guys are celebrating his goal that was assisted by Ahti Oksanen. Most celebration photos are exciting, but this one was even more so since it put BU in the lead 3-2.”

3. National championship game, Connor LaCouvee comforting Hohmann

PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF
PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF

MD: “I felt really guilty taking these photos after they lost, but they ended up being some of the best ones from the game. These photos made it clear how close-knit this bunch was and how supportive they were of one another.”

2. NCAA regional semifinal, BU beats Yale

PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF
PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF

MD: “The quality of this shot isn’t even great but the juxtaposition makes it worthwhile. Everyone was really tense during overtime, even the photographers in the press booth.”

1. Hockey East final, Matt O’Connor holding Lamoriello Trophy

PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF
PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DFP STAFF

MD: “There isn’t much to say about this one because Matt O’Connor’s face basically says it all.”