BU announces incoming players for 2017-18 season, 9 freshman and 1 graduate transfer

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 releases full schedule for 2017-18 season

Earlier today, the Boston University men’s hockey team released its finalized schedule for the 2017-18 season. This year’s regular season of 36 games will include 18 home games, 12 Hockey East road games and non-conference road games at Quinnipiac University and Arizona State. The Terriers will also play Cornell University at Madison Square Garden for the 6th Red Hot Hockey during Thanksgiving weekend. BU will play Harvard University in the opening round of the Beanpot Tournament on Feb. 5 and 12.

The season will start off with a home tilt against Union College on Sept. 30. It is the first time since the 1992-93 season that BU will start its regular season at home and the first time in 96 seasons that the Terriers’ season will begin in September.

Minnesota State will visit Agganis Arena for the first time on Oct. 13 and 14, and Denver University will make its way to Boston at the end of October.

The Hockey East match-ups will begin on Oct. 20 with a home-and-home series against the University of Connecticut. BU will play all of its Hockey East rivals twice with the exception of Merrimack College, Providence College, UConn and University of Maine who they will play three times.

The Terriers will spend two days in Maine before Thanksgiving and in Arizona during the end of January.