Seven Terriers make U.S. National Junior team; Fabbro joins Canadian squad

Chad Krys joined BU's cohort of draftees on Saturday morning. PHOTO COURTESY OF: USA Hockey
Chad Krys has been named to the USNJT preliminary roster for the second consecutive year. (PHOTO COURTESY OF: USA Hockey)

As if we needed anymore evidence that the young guys on the No. 5 Boston University men’s hockey team are crazy talented.

On Monday, USA Hockey announced the preliminary roster for the 2017 United States National Junior Team. Seven of the 27 athletes are current Terriers. Freshman defenseman Chad Krys and sophomore blue-liner Charlie McAvoy got the invite after leading last year’s U.S. NJT squad to a bronze medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

Along with Krys and McAvoy, freshman goaltender Jake Oettinger, sophomore forward Jordan Greenway, and freshman forwards Pat Harper, Clayton Keller and Kieffer Bellows made the first cut.

Four of the 27 players will be cut before this year’s IIHF WJC starts Dec. 26 in Canada. The final roster cuts are expected to be made Dec. 24.

Playing for the U.S. National Team is nothing new for most of the Terriers named to the preliminary roster. McAvoy, Oettinger, Keller, and Krys won gold with Team USA at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship, while Bellows joined Oettinger, Keller, and Krys to snatch bronze in the same tournament last year.

Training camp will be from Dec. 16-20 at HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York, then Dec. 20-24 in Ontario. There will also be two pre-tournament games on the 21st and 23rd.

Not to be outdone, freshman defenseman Dante Fabbro was named to the Canadian WJC selection camp. He joins North Dakota’s Tyler Jost as the only NCAA athletes to make the cut. Camp will be held from Dec. 10th to the 14th.

As a reminder, the Terriers host Yale University on Dec. 13th, then take on Union College Jan. 5th.

For the complete schedule for this year’s tournament, click here.

Offensive defenseman Charlie McAvoy commits to BU

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

Puck-moving defenseman Charlie McAvoy announced his commitment to Boston University Tuesday via Twitter, becoming the fourth player to commit to BU under new head coach David Quinn.

“Proud to announce my commitment to Boston University,” McAvoy wrote. “A big thanks to everyone who has helped me get to this point.”

The earliest McAvoy will arrive on Comm. Ave. is 2015, though what year he will actually come is unclear.

McAvoy, who was born in 1997, was named the Offensive Defenseman of the Year in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League after leading defensemen in scoring with 43 points (12 goals, 31 assists) through 34 league games. The Long Beach, N.Y. native scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in eight playoff games for the New Jersey Rockets, which was tied for the team lead.

This season, McAvoy will play with the U.S. National Development U-17 team, which is the same program offensive defenseman Matt Grzelcyk played with before joining the Terriers. Fellow defenseman recruit John MacLeod spent the 2012-13 season with the U.S. U-17 team as well.

McAvoy, a 5-foot-10, 170-pounder, had been selected 113th overall by the Kitchener Rangers in the 2013 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.