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Your article can be anywhere from 100 to 1,000 words (sorry to sound like a professor, haha). Please send it to myself at [email protected], and I’ll read it over to make sure it’s good to go, and post it to the site.

Thank you in advance for your submissions – the readers are what keep this blog going!

Bobo Carpenter: Thank You Terrier Nation

The following letter was submitted by Bobo Carpenter, a four-year Terrier forward who has moved on to the New York Islanders after serving as BU’s co-captain during his senior season.

 

Dear Terrier Nation,

Four years really does go quick. Now that my time on campus has come to an end, I can honestly say Boston University will always have a special place in my heart.

Our fans are like no others. You all made it special to play in Agganis Arena every night and always give us the energy we need to succeed. I will always remember the creative DogPound chants, especially the “BC Sucks.” Your loyalty has never gone unnoticed; I know you will cheer even harder for the returners and all the new players that will soon call BU home.

Our band is incredible and is always by our side supporting, even if we were out west for a regional. Your send offs and traditions pump us up and remind us of how special it is to be a part of BU Hockey. They elevate the experience at games not just for us as players, but all our fans too.

Our coaches are so knowledgeable about the game of hockey and guide us to succeed individually and most importantly as a whole. Their dedication to teaching and developing us is unmatched and I will be forever grateful for the things I learned while a Terrier. I cannot thank them enough for giving me the opportunity to live out my dream and play at BU.

Our director of hockey ops, training staff, equipment staff, weight room staff, and all those at Agganis Arena are a huge part of the reason me and my teammates are able to do what we do. Your hard work behind the scenes and support are admired and appreciated by all. I hope you all know how helpful, caring, and supportive you all were during my career at BU. I am extremely grateful to have been able to work with all of you and create life long friendships.

I am so thankful to have been able to play with so many talented hockey players during my time at BU, who made me a better person and better player every day. I created so many memories with you all on and off the ice that I will never forget. You helped me stay confident and always pushed me to be the best I could be for myself and for all of you. I am going to miss you guys more than you know.

I have to thank my girlfriend, parents, and siblings for all of their support throughout my four years. Being able to see you all in section 120 every home game meant the world to me and I owe everything I have been able to experience to you.

To those who still have some time left as a Terrier: learn as much as you can, work your hardest every rep and shift, support one another and show everyone why it is so special to be a Terrier. Four years goes by in a blink of an eye.

Thank you Boston University for all of the memories and for letting me wear the scarlet and white the past four years. It was an honor.

It’s a great day to BU.

Once a Terrier Always A Terrier.

Robert “Bobo” Carpenter

BU Hockey 2018-19 Season Superlatives

As I look back on this past season for BU men’s hockey, there are certain names that stand out among the rest, for a variety of reasons. These picks were made by Brady Gardner, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the rest of the Boston Hockey Blog team. Without further ado, here are my season superlatives for 2018-19.

Most improved during the season – Hugo Blixt

Even Hugo Blixt himself would have to admit that the first-year defenseman looked like a deer in headlights at times to begin his debut season at BU. However, as the Sweden native adjusted to the pace and style of college hockey, he became an integral part of the BU blueline corps, logging important minutes in special teams play late in the campaign. With BU’s top two defensemen moving on to the pros, Blixt will certainly be relied on more heavily in 2019-20.

Biggest surprise – Patrick Curry

Becoming an upperclassman among a relatively young team, Patrick Curry took full advantage of his increased ice time with a break-out year to spark a Terrier squad with admittedly few bright spots in attack. After tallying a combined seven goals and 22 points between his freshman and sophomore seasons, the Illinois native beat both totals with 13 goals and 26 points in his junior year alone. While BU has seen multiple offensive weapons depart in recent weeks, Terrier fans can be confident that Curry will be a consistent top forward in his fourth year with BU.

Unsung Hero – Cam Crotty

Likely overshadowed by talented d-men above him on the line sheet, Cam Crotty deserves some credit as a solid member of the Terrier defense in all 38 games throughout the season. The sophomore put up five goals after just one in his first year on Commonwealth Avenue, and finished tied for second on the team with a +2 rating, and third with 68 blocks. There will be holes to fill on the BU blue line in the fall, but it appears Crotty is ready to take on a bigger role.

Most to prove in next season – Patrick Harper

It doesn’t take a hockey expert to notice that Patrick Harper didn’t have the season he was hoping for in 2018-19. Despite appearing in every game for BU, the junior posted his lowest goal total (6) and second-lowest assists total (14) in his three-year collegiate career. The Connecticut native did heat up late in the 2019 playoffs, so the Terriers will hope Harper can continue that increase in production into the fall.

Biggest unknown ahead of next season – Jake Wise

Jake Wise was a heralded talent upon joining the team in the fall, and excited Terrier fans with encouraging performances early on. However, a season-ending injury brought an abrupt end to the Blackhawks prospect’s promising freshman campaign after just 12 games. Heading into 2019-20, it will be interesting to see if Wise can become the player the BU faithful were optimistic he could be when he arrived at BU.

Biggest offseason departure – Jake Oettinger

You would struggle to find a team who relied on a single goaltender as much as BU relied on Jake Oettinger these last three years. The junior appeared in all but two games for the Terriers in 2018-19, and was asked on a near-nightly basis to mask inconsistent team defense with flawless play between the pipes. Oettinger did it all throughout his Terrier career, from maintaining a high level of play season to season (see: 13 career shutouts, tied most in BU history), to coming up big in significant games (also see: 89 saves on 93 shots at the TD Garden in 2019). With the BU net now left to a keeper who has made two collegiate starts in Vinnie Purpura, Jake Oettinger will be a major loss for the Terriers as he moves on to the Dallas Stars farm system.

Terrier of the Year – Bobo Carpenter

This one is a no-brainer. Captain Carpenter was one of just two four-year Terrier skaters on the roster in 2018-19, but the North Reading, Massachusetts resident more than pulled his weight in terms of leadership among a very young team. After Carpenter missed ten games late in the season, there was a clear injection of energy and urgency when the senior returned to the lineup for the team’s playoff push. Carpenter demonstrated the highest level of toughness and dedication late in the season for BU, and served as both a role model and source of inspiration when the Terriers needed it the most.

Defensive Player of the Year – Dante Fabbro

You could not possibly put together a list of BU hockey superlatives from 2018-19 and not include Fabbro. The Canadian blueliner was a warrior for the Terriers as a junior, compiling the most time on ice by far for BU over the course of the season. The co-captain was involved on both ends of the ice, setting the pace for BU with 26 assists, and leading all of Hockey East with 82 blocks. After concluding his time at BU has one of the team’s most reliable players over his three-year career, Predators fans have reason to feel good about Fabbro heading to Nashville.

Most Valuable Player – Joel Farabee

Dante Fabbro gave Joel Farabee a run for his money with this title, but the freshman phenom edges out the co-captain solely based on his consistent production and immediate impact in his first season at BU. The Hockey East Rookie of the Year exploded for a team-leading 17 goals and 36 points in 2018-19, and was especially crucial in BU’s postseason run, tallying four goals in three games to lead BU over UMass Lowell in the conference quarterfinals. While Farabee would prove to follow the one-and-done path through college hockey, his presence was certainly felt on Commonwealth Avenue in the year that he was with the Terriers.

 

Agree? Disagree? Let me hear your picks for these superlatives below!

Lighting the Lamp Podcast – 3/25/19

Listen here!

On the season finale of “Lighting the Lamp,” Brady Gardner, Paige Mautner and Liam O’Brien recap Boston University’s 2-1 overtime loss to Northeastern in the Hockey East semifinals.

Moving into the offseason, Brady, Paige and Liam recognize the seniors and newly signed professional players who are leaving the team. They also look ahead to the future of BU hockey, including their picks for captain next season.

It’s a special season-ending episode, so end the season right by listening to “Lighting the Lamp.”

Shane Bowers signs with Colorado Avalanche

Shane Bowers has agreed to an entry-level deal with the Colorado Avalanche, where he was traded after being selected by the Ottawa Senators with the 28th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Formerly a sophomore forward with Boston University, the Halifax, Nova Scotia native was named to the 2017-18 Hockey East All-Rookie Team, and received an All-Star Honorable Mention and Rookie of the Week title during that same season.

Bowers appeared in all 40 games during his first year with BU, collecting a team-best plus/minus of +16 while also tying for the team lead in game-winning goals (4). The eight-time Hockey East Top Performer also posted career-highs in goals (17) and assists (15).

Returning for the 2018-19 season, Bowers was a mainstay on the Terrier top line, missing just one game in his sophomore campaign. The second-year skater was one of just three Terriers to reach a double-digit total in both goals (11) and assists (10).

Having joined BU from the USA National Under-18 team where he captained the squad to a silver medal in 2018 and won gold in 2017, Farabee finishes his brief career on Commonwealth Avenue with nine multi-point games and three three-point games.

After coming to Commonwealth Avenue from the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League, Bowers now concludes his collegiate career with 28 goals and 25 assists in 77 games.

Entering the NHL at 19 years old, Bowers will likely get an opportunity to show he is ready for the professional game with the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League.

During Bowers’ time at BU, the Terriers won a Hockey East championship en route an appearance in the national tournament. In that postseason run, the then-freshman tallied one goal and four assists.

Max Willman set to graduate from BU

After serving as a forward for Boston University for one season, graduate student Max Willman’s career as a Terrier has come to an end.

Willman skated in 36 games in his lone season with BU. The Barnstable, Massachusetts native put up six assists over the course of the 2018-19 campaign, and scored a single goal, which proved to be the game-winner against Merrimack College on January 21, 2019.

Before spending a season with the Terriers, the financial management student logged 99 games with Brown University, finishing third on the team in scoring as a junior in 2016-17 with 11 goals and 16 assists. Willman was drafted 121st overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2014.

Max Prawdzik set to graduate from BU

After serving as a goaltender for Boston University for three seasons, redshirt junior Max Prawdzik’s career as a Terrier has come to an end.

The Andover, Massachusetts native did not see ice time as a freshman, but was recognized with Hockey East All-Academic honors. In 2016-17, Prawdzik spent his second semester guiding the Lone Star Brahmas of the North American Hockey League to a Robertson Cup title.

Returning to BU as a redshirt sophomore, the once-again Hockey East All-Academic honoree appeared in three games, and was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week after a 29-save shut-out of the University of Maine. In 2018-19, Prawdzik conceded two goals in three appearances.

After joining BU from the Brook School where he was named 2015 Independent School League Hockey League Most Valuable Player, Max Prawdzik finishes his collegiate career with a 2.46 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in six appearances.

During Prawdzik’s time at BU, the Terriers won a Hockey East championship and made three appearances in the national tournament.

Shane Switzer set to graduate from BU

After serving as a defenseman for Boston University for three seasons, redshirt junior Shane Switzer’s career as a Terrier has come to an end.

The Bloomfield Hills, Michigan native skated in six games as a freshman, earning a career-best plus/minus of +1. Switzer came up with his most productive season in 2016-17, notching a career-high three goals, as well as one assist to match the assist tallied in 2015-16.

In 2016-17, Switzer was named a one-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week and member of the 2017 Hockey East All-Academic Team, but did not appear in 2017-18. The blueliner returned as a redshirt junior for the 2018-19 season, making a career-high 17 appearances.

After joining BU from the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Switzer now concludes his collegiate career with three goals and two assists in 31 games.

During Switzer’s time at BU, the Terriers won a Hockey East championship and made three appearances in the national tournament.

Ryan Cloonan set to graduate from BU

After serving as a forward for Boston University for four seasons, senior Ryan Cloonan’s career as a Terrier has come to an end.

The East Longmeadow, Massachusetts native shined as a freshman, appearing in all 39 games and totaling career-highs in goals (4), assists (10), and points (14). The three-time Hockey East Top Performer from 2015-16 finished with a career-best plus/minus of +1 the next season.

Seeing the ice for 15 games as a junior, Cloonan reemerged as an everyday skater for his final year with the team, tallying two goals and six assists, which all came in the second half of the season.

Cloonan came to BU after trying for the United States Premier Hockey League lead in power-play points (21) during the 2014-15 season with the Boston Jr. Bruins. The four-year Terrier now finishes his collegiate career with six goals and 23 assists through 122 games.

During Cloonan’s time at BU, the Terriers won a Hockey East championship and made three appearances in the national tournament.