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.

BU lands Shattuck St. Mary’s star forward Clayton Keller

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

The Boston University men’s hockey team now has its first commitment from a player born in 1998, as 15-year-old phenom Clayton Keller announced his commitment to BU via Twitter Thursday.

“Proud to announce that I have committed to Boston University for my college hockey career,” Keller wrote.

Keller, who is going to be a sophomore in high school, is set to arrive at BU in 2016 according to a USHR report. The 5-foot-10, 144-pound forward compiled 58 goals and 71 assists in 60 games with the Shattuck St. Mary’s Bantams last season.

Shattuck St. Mary’s has a history of producing great hockey players, as current NHL stars Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Zach Parise all have been a part of its hockey program. Nathan MacKinnon, who was the first overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft, recorded 54 goals and 47 assists in 58 games for the Tier I bantam program during the 2009-10 season.

Below is a highlight video of Keller.