The Boston Hockey Blog is back with its live in-game blog. Follow the Boston University men’s hockey team’s season opener against Union College tonight.
With the Boston University men’s hockey season right around the corner, this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to be precise, we have an entire edition of The Daily Free Press full of photos, content and all things regarding BU hockey.
Click here for the entire edition, but if you are around BU please pick up a copy today! We are also going to try to put some near the doors of Agganis Arena before BU’s first game of the season against Union College.
BU Season Preview – “Boston University men’s hockey enters season with a lot at stake”
We dive deep into the No. 2 (in the USCHO.com preseason poll) Terriers as they attempt to make a run to the Frozen Four in Minnesota. Learn all about returning stars and the new freshman that plan on paving the way forBU to make it all the way to this April.
Brandon Hickey Feature – “Brandon Hickey readies himself to take reins of men’s ice hockey”
The Terriers have a brand new captain this season – senior defenseman Brandon Hickey.
Hickey scored four goals while chipping in 11 assists last year while emerging as a prominent force in the locker room.
His leadership was rewarded this past spring, as he became the heir to current Columbus Blue Jacket Doyle Somerby on the throne of captainship.
Len Quesnelle Feature – “BU men’s hockey fills assistant coaching vacancy with Len Quesnelle”
Former assistant coach Scott Young moved on to the professional ranks to join BU alum Mike Sullivan’s staff with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Terriers received someone from the NHL in return.
Len Quesnelle, most recently an amateur scout for the Detroit Red Wings, joins David Quinn’s coaching staff for his third assistant coaching job in the collegiate ranks.
He plans to be the primary force behind BU’s recruiting efforts.
Jake Oettinger Feature – “The goaltender’s mentality in Jake Oettinger”
Sophomore goaltender Jake Oettinger was the 26th pick by the Dallas Stars in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft this summer, but returns to BU with many goals for the upcoming season.
One of the best goaltenders in Hockey East, Oettinger will look to be a brick wall in net throughout the year. Although the question remains: what goes on Oettinger’s mind to produce such a calm and stable presence between the pipes?
Ty Amonte and Brady Tkachuk Feature – “A new era for the names Amonte and Tkachuk”
Freshman forwards Brady Tkachuk and Ty Amonte have received the baton from their five-time NHL all-star fathers, both of whom played for BU on the same 1990-91 team during their own college hockey days.
Amonte looks to serve a prominent role on the squad’s offensive attack, following in the footsteps of his father Tony, who played in the NHL for 18 seasons with teams such as the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Rangers.
Tkachuk, a forward in his own right and one of the top prospects for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, will look to light the lamp in the shadow of his father Keith who enjoyed 20 seasons in the NHL.
Despite their father’s legacies, the two players hope to create their own at BU.
20 Questions Max Prawdzik – “20 Questions for Max Prawdzik”
Get to know Max Prawdzik, a redshirt sophomore goalie who spent his spring with the Lone Star Brahmas of the NAHL. Prawdzik discussed what it was like leaving BU for a semester, which he’d bring on a desert island and much more.
In Jess Grinberg’s hockey column, Dropping the Gloves, she tackles the heated subject of NHL draft picks and the possibility of the NHL draft age increasing.
Women’s Hockey Features
The issue finishes off with a few must-read women’s hockey stories.
“Women’s hockey seniors reflect on their time at BU” – Senior forwards Victoria Bach and Nina Rodgers look to lead a young group of Terriers in their final seasons with the Terriers.
“Women’s hockey reloaded, looks to improve on last season” – Find out what goes on behind the scenes when Brian Durocher hits the recruiting trail to add talent to the BU squad.
The Boston University men’s hockey team announced its incoming players for the 2017-18 season earlier today. Among the seven incoming forwards and three defenseman that make up the Terriers’ 27-man roster, five members of the freshman class were selected in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
In addition to the nine-member freshman class, the Terriers have added graduate transfer Drew Melanson who spent his last three years with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Before playing in the NCAA, Melanson played in the USHL for three years and notched 73 points (30g, 43a) over 120 games, according to Elite Prospects.
“One thing I really love about this class is the balance,” Quinn said in a GoTerriers.com press release today. “We’ve got maturity, we’ve got skill, we’ve got physicality, and to top it all off, I really love the character of all these guys. They have a great work ethic and they are definitely going [to] make BU better both on and off the ice.”
Senior defenseman Brandon Hickey will lead the incoming players and rest of the Terriers this season as captain alongside senior forwards Bobo Carpenter and Nik Olsson, and junior forward Jordan Greenway who will serve as assistant captains.
Below is a full list of the incoming players to look for on the ice during the upcoming season:
- Ty Amonte (forward) – Penticton Vees, BCHL
- Shane Bowers (forward) – Waterloo Black Hawks, USHL
- Logan Cokerill (forward) – U.S. National Under-18 Team
- Hank Crone (forward) – Fargo Force, USHL
- Cameron Crotty (defenseman) – Brockville Braves, CCHL
- David Farrance (defenseman) – U.S. National Under-18 Team
- Kasper Kotsansalo (defenseman) – Sioux Falls Stampede, USHL
- Drew Melanson (forward) – Rensselaer, ECAC
- Brady Tkachuk (forward) – U.S. National Under-18 Team
- Jake Witkowski (forward) – Alberni Valley Bulldogs, BCHL
— BU Men's Hockey (@TerrierHockey) September 6, 2017
The Boston University men’s hockey team has named Len Quesnelle, announced today by BU head coach David Quinn, as the Terriers’ new assistant coach. Former assistant coach Scott Young was named the director of player development for the Pittsburgh Penguins in July.
Quesnelle, a Princeton University defenseman, served as the Tigers’ head coach and has coached in the NCAA for over 25 years. The Bramalea, Ontario native spent nine seasons as the assistant coach of the University of Massachusetts Minutemen and was most recently an amateur scout for the Detroit Red Wings.
Young, who was named Quinn’s assistant coach in 2015, will join his former team and BU alum Mike Sullivan. The Penguins most recently won their second straight NHL Championship against the Nashville Predators this June. During Young’s 17-season NHL career, he hoisted the Stanley Cup trophy twice (1991 with Pittsburgh and 1996 with the Colorado Avalanche).
— BU Men's Hockey (@TerrierHockey) September 5, 2017
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 28, 2017