Brandon Fortunato leaves BU hockey program

Fortunato scored five goals this past year for BU.
Fortunato scored five goals this past year for BU.

One of the Boston University men’s hockey team’s most experienced defensemen has left the program.

Brandon Fortunato – as first reported by Mark Divver, the Providence Journal’s resident hockey reporter – has bid farewell to his career in the scarlet and white. The native of North Hills, New York would have been a junior in the 2016-17 season.

He appeared in 79 games across two seasons, registering six goals and 34 assists in the process. Often a pillar on the second power-play unit, Fortunato was a staple of BU’s charge to the NCAA title game during the 2014-15 campaign.

Prior to his time at BU, Fortunato featured prominently for U.S. Hockey’s youth national teams, earning a gold medal at IIHF U18 World Championships. During his sophomore year, Fortunato played on the U.S. World Juniors squad that captured a bronze medal.

It is not immediately clear what Fortunato’s BU hockey career entails, but the Terriers’ logjam along the blueline has become slightly simpler.

Head coach David Quinn will now have eight defenseman to choose from. From most to least experienced, they read as senior captain Doyle Somerby; juniors John MacLeod, Brandon Hickey and Brien Diffley; sophomores Charlie McAvoy and Shane Switzer; and freshman Chad Krys and Dante Fabbro.

Forward Trevor Zegras commits to Boston University

Chalk up another win for the Boston University men’s hockey team and head coach David Quinn on the recruiting trail.

Trevor Zegras, a prized forward born in 2001, announced via Twitter Monday morning that he’ll one day wear the scarlet and white.

There’s little information about Zegras online, but he is bound for the Avon Old Farms School come fall. That’s the same Connecticut preparatory school that produced Patrick Harper, an incoming BU freshman selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators.

According to numerous sources on Twitter, Zegras recently lit up the Chowder Cup, a nationally-renowned youth hockey tournament held in Massachusetts.

Zegras’ committment also gives BU four prized recruits born in 2001, as he joins forward Robert Mastrosimone and defensemen Braden Doyle and Case McCarthy. Without further ado, here are some reactions from those in the know about Zegras’ decision.


Six Terriers to participate in Team USA National Junior Evaluation Camp

Jordan Greenway was one of six Terriers selected for NJEC.
Jordan Greenway was one of six Terriers selected for the NJEC.

College hockey season may be months away, but there are still opportunities for Boston University fans see some of BU’s finest take the ice.

On Friday, USA Hockey announced the two rosters that will participate in the National Junior Evalutaion Camp, which will be held June 30 to Aug. 6 in Plymouth, Michigan. The rosters come out a day after six Terriers were invited to the camp. Sophomore forward Jordan Greenway, freshman defenseman Chad Krys, sophomore blueliner Charlie McAvoy and freshman goaltender Jake Oettinger have been placed on the Blue Team, while freshman forwards Kieffer Bellows and Clayton Keller will join the White Team.

This will be the second NJEC for Greenway, McAvoy, and Krys. They were on the beginning roster last season with teammates Brandon Fortunato and John Macleod. Only McAvoy, Fortunato and Krys survived the final roster.

The athletes have been separated into two groups for three days of practice, as well as for games against Finland and Sweden. Team USA will trim its roster to a single team on Aug. 2 before finishing the camp with games versus Canada, Finland and Sweden.

You can find the 2016 NJEC schedule here.

BU releases 2016-17 schedule, home and away tilts set

The Terriers begin their season on Oct. 1.
The Terriers begin their season on Oct. 1 with a scrimmage.

The Boston University men’s hockey team released its 2016-17 schedule Friday morning.

The regular season will kick off in early October with two preseason contests against the University of Prince Edward Island and the U.S. National U-18 squad. Afterwards, Agganis Arena will play host to 16 regular-season games and the Terriers will take to the road 15 times. There are three games at neutral sites.

Notable away trips include visits to the University of Denver on Oct. 14 and 15, as well as to the University of Michigan on Nov. 11 and 12. BU will also participate in Frozen Fenway 2017 on Jan. 7 against the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

As usually holds true, there will likely be increased focus on matchups with Boston College. Regular season affairs will take place on Jan. 13 and and 16, both of which are during BU’s winter break. The sides will again meet in the opening round of the 2017 Beanpot Tournament on Feb. 6.

When BU advances to the Beanpot’s consolation or championship game on Feb. 13, it will take on either Harvard University or Northeastern University.

In sum, the Terriers will play 22 Hockey East games and 14 out-of-conference games.

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