David Quinn named head coach of Team USA for 2019 World Junior Championship

In the midst of the rumors linking BU head coach David Quinn to the vacant coaching position of Matt’s New York Rangers, Quinn has been named the head coach of Team USA for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship which will begin Dec. 26.

University of Minnesota’s Bob Motzko coached the team the past two seasons and brought home a gold medal in 2017 and bronze earlier this year.

Quinn is no stranger to coaching this tournament. He was an assistant coach in 2007 (bronze), 2012 and 2016 (bronze).

He played on the 1986 team that won USA’s first-ever medal which was bronze. Quinn previously served as an assistant coach for the 2005 U.S. National Junior Team. He was an assistant two silver medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Teams (1999, 2000) and the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team in 2003.

He will be joined Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings, Dartmouth assistant coach David Lassonde and Ohio State assistant coach Steve Miller.

 

From the FreeP: Quinnipiac Roundup

The No. 2 Boston University men’s hockey team beat No. 17 Quinnipiac University 3-2 during overtime in a physical and fast-paced game in Hamden, Connecticut on Sunday. Freshman forward Shane Bowers got the overtime tally while sophomore forward Patrick Harper added two more goals to this season and was subsequently named Hockey East’s Player of the Week.

We only have a recap this week, but will return this Friday and Saturday nights with a plethora of articles when the Terriers take on Minnesota State and former goaltender Connor LaCouvee will make his way back to Agganis Arena for a few days.

Also a side note: there were some technical difficulties with WordPress at Quinnipiac in terms of linking up the live blog and Nikki’s computer wasn’t cooperating. We’re sorry for any inconveniences caused and will be prepared in the future for road games, but everything is working now and please tune into the live blog this weekend!

Sunday’s Article

Quinnipiac Recap – “Men’s hockey beats Quinnipiac 3-2 with overtime goal from freshman Shane Bowers

Here’s are some Twitter posts from the weekend and Quinn’s postgame comments:

David Quinn named assistant coach of U.S. Men’s National Team for World Championship

Boston University men’s hockey head coach David Quinn was added as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team slated to participate in the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship, USA Hockey announced Friday.

Quinn joins former Terrier John Hynes, who was tabbed head coach of the team last week, and Todd Richards, who was also named an assistant coach.

The tournament begins May 6 and will run through May 22, taking place in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

The nod marks Quinn’s fifth assistant coaching opportunity with USA Hockey, as he helped the men’s World Championship team in 2012 and 2007 and the women’s squad in 1999 and 2000.

He’s also worked with USA Hockey in other capacities, serving as a head coach with the National Team Development Program from 2002-04. He did so with Hynes during the 2003-04 season in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In his three full seasons as head coach of BU so far, Quinn has posted a 59-42-14 record and guided the the Terriers to the national tournament two years in a row.

BU, Quinn agree to 5-year contract extension

Boston University Director of Athletics Drew Marrochello announced Thursday that BU has agreed to a five-year contract extension with head coach David Quinn.

The extension comes after Quinn guided the 2014-15 Terrier squad to an 18-win improvement and a spot in the national championship game. He was named the Hockey East Coach of the Year and New England Coach of the Year for his efforts, and was also runner-up for the Spencer Penrose Award, given to the top Division I coach in the nation.

Some quotes from the team release:

“To be honest, David has done exactly what we thought he would with our men’s ice hockey team,” said Marrochello. “We had lofty expectations when we hired him and he has exceeded those with outstanding leadership both on and off the ice. There’s nobody else we’d rather have leading this program.”

“Coming back to BU to serve as head coach of one the premier college hockey programs has been everything I hoped it would be,” said Quinn. “I am looking forward to leading our student-athletes over the next five years and I would like to thank Drew, [senior vice president] Todd Klipp and President Brown for their confidence in our staff. We will continue to strive to be the best program in the country – athletically, academically and socially.”

David Quinn nominated for national Coach of the Year award

The Hockey East Coach of the Year is getting national recognition for the season he’s helped orchestrate on Commonwealth Avenue this year.

The American Hockey Coaches Association announced Wednesday that Boston University head coach David Quinn is one of eight finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award, which is given annually to the top Division I men’s hockey coach.

Quinn, in his second year as head coach at BU, has turned the program around from a 10-win team a season ago to one that is a Frozen Four finalist. The Terriers have also claimed the Beanpot and both the Hockey East regular-season and postseason titles this season, ending a six-year title drought.

If Quinn does in fact take the award, it would be the fifth time in school history that a coach has won it. Hank Cleverly was the recipient in 1958, while Jack Parker was a three-time winner (1975, 1978, 2009).

Other coaches nominated include all four national semifinalists, including Providence College’s Nate Leaman.

The following is a full list of the nominees:

Dean Blais, University of Nebraska Omaha
Greg Carvel, St. Lawrence University
Guy Gadowsky, Penn State University
Dave Hakstol, University of North Dakota
Mike Hastings, Minnesota State University
Nate Leaman, Providence College
David Quinn, Boston University
Derek Schooley, Robert Morris University

O’Connell looks to guide men’s hockey back to winning ways

FILE PHOTO/DEREK GEE O’Connell captured four Beanpot
championships during his tenure with the Terriers from 1995-99.

By Conor Ryan/DFP Staff

After more than a decade away, Albie O’Connell has finally returned to Commonwealth Avenue.

The former Boston University men’s hockey team captain joined the Terriers in April as an assistant coach for the 2014-15 season, completing a full-circle move for O’Connell, who is once again affiliated with the same program that he played for almost 20 years ago.

“It’s great. I’m excited,” O’Connell said. “I’m excited for the year to start. I think we’ll have a pretty good team. I think how good guys can get throughout the year and how they improve is going to dictate the outcome of how we end up.”

O’Connell joined the Terriers during the 1995-96 season as a heralded recruit. Over a year before his arrival at BU, the Watertown native was selected by the New York Islanders in the fifth round of the 1994 NHL Draft.

Playing a key role on a BU squad filled with NHL talent such as Chris Drury, Shawn Bates and Tom Poti, O’Connell and the Terriers established one of the greatest stretches in program history in the late 1990s, posting a 97-41-14 record from 1995-99.

While there were many positive takeaways to choose from for O’Connell, his fondest memory of playing for the Terriers was the team’s success in the annual Beanpot tournament. O’Connell and other members of the Class of 1999 are one of only four classes in program history to win four Beanpot titles.

Even though O’Connell was never able to capture an NCAA title, he made two Frozen Four appearances with BU in both 1996 and 1997 – including a loss to the University of North Dakota in the 1997 championship game, 4-2. Captaining the team during his final campaign in 1998-99, O’Connell led his squad in scoring with 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists) in 36 games.

By the end of his career with the Terriers, O’Connell acknowledged that learning under longtime BU head coach Jack Parker helped him grow as a hockey player in multiple areas – mostly due to the completive tone that Parker established from the get-go with his teams.

“He was a great coach,” O’Connell said of Parker. “We had good teams, so it was very competitive. It was setting a high standard and then coming to work and practice every day trying to get better on and off the ice. We held a high standard and he made the practices more competitive. It was very intense. He was ready to go for practice, which led to players being ready to go and be ready to compete everyday.”

While O’Connell may have turned in his scarlet and white sweater in 1999, he did not hang up his skates following his departure from Walter Brown Arena. O’Connell later played professional hockey for four teams in both the East Coast Hockey League and the British National League from 1999-02, compiling 132 points (54 goals, 78 assists) in 127 pro tilts.

Once he put a close to his playing career, O’Connell immediately made the transition from the ice to behind the bench, serving as an assistant coach at Berkshire Prep School in Sheffield during the 2002-03 season before making the move up to the collegiate level the following year at Colby College.

After stints at both Niagara University and College of the Holy Cross, O’Connell entered into the Hockey East coaching ranks in 2007-08 as an assistant coach at Merrimack College before serving the same role over the last six seasons with both Northeastern University (2008-11) and Harvard University (2011-14).

Throughout his coaching career, O’Connell has garnered praise for his recruiting skills. During his time at Northeastern, the Huskies received commitments from both standout Providence goaltender Jon Gilles and 2014 Hobey Baker Award recipient and former Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau. Both players later de-committed from the program.

For O’Connell, the key to his success in terms of identifying talent is to trust his instincts and to collaborate with the rest of his staff.

“Just going out there and working hard,” O’Connell said. “Using your resources, using what you see and not listening to anyone and trusting what you’re looking at and what your staff is looking at and what you’re trying to do as a group – that’s the biggest thing.

“Working with [associate head coach] Steve [Greeley] and [head coach] David Quinn so far, it’s been really positive. They’ve both been very sharp when it comes to what they’re looking at, and they’re very organized and hard-working, so hopefully I’m a good addition to that.”

While he has excelled at building up multiple teams, O’Connell is certainly no slouch when it comes to instructing his players on the ice. During his first season with the Crimson in 2011-12, O’Connell helped establish the country’s most potent power-play unit, which posted a 27.3 percent success rate.

While the duty of serving as both a recruiter and a mentor has its own set of challenges, O’Connell holds both jobs in equally high esteem.

“They’re both fun jobs,” O’Connell said. “Basically, it’s two different jobs. One, you’re trying to help build the team, the other one, you’re trying to help coach the guys that you were trying to recruit, so they’re both equally tough jobs, but at the same time, both fun and rewarding.”

The journey back to his alma mater has been a long and winding road for O’Connell, but the 38-year-old coach doesn’t have much time to reflect.

With an influx of freshmen already training at Agganis Arena and the season opener almost a month away, O’Connell is diverting all of his energy toward helping a talented group of players achieve the same level of success that he attained almost two decades ago.

“Hopefully, we’re a lot better at the end of the year than at the start, because we’ve got nine or ten freshmen,” O’Connell said. “Practice is going to be important, player development is going to be important…Hopefully at the end of it, we’ll make good strides as a group.”

Men’s hockey adds 4 additional freshmen to complete 2014-15 roster

MICHELLE JAY/FILE PHOTO
Boston University men’s hockey head coach David Quinn will welcome four additional freshmen to his team for the 2014-15 campaign.

By Conor Ryan & Andrew Battifarano/DFP Staff

With a little over a month until the start of the 2014-15 regular season, the Boston University men’s hockey team has finally put the finishing touches on its roster with the inclusion of four more freshmen on the team.

The four new Terriers – two forwards, one defenseman and one goaltender – will help push the final roster to 26 total players.

BU will add another puck-moving defenseman with the arrival of Brandon Fortunato. Playing last season with the United States National Team Development Program U-18 team, Fortunato led all blueliners in points with 39 (three goals, 36 assists) on the year.

The North Hills, New York native, who also played alongside incoming BU freshmen forward Jack Eichel and defenseman John MacLeod, helped the USNTDP squad capture the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World U-18 Championship.

The Terriers will also receive a boost on offense with the addition of forward A.J. Greer, an imposing 6-foot-3 presence out on the ice. Greer put up impressive numbers over the last two seasons at Kimball Union Academy compiling 92 points (39 goals, 53 assists) in 61 games.

During the 2012-13 season at KUA, Greer skated alongside current BU sophomores forward Nick Roberto and defenseman Doyle Somerby. Greer, who does not turn 18 until Dec. 14, is the youngest player on the Terrier roster.

Another netminder will join the ranks of the Terriers this season, as goaltender Connor LaCouvee was also added to the team. Playing last season with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the British Columbia Hockey League, LaCouvee earned team MVP honors after posting a 2.82 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.

LaCouvee, hailing from Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, stepped up his game in the BCHL playoffs, putting forward a .929 save percentage in seven games.

Rounding out the list of new players is forward Nikolas Olsson, who last played for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League over the last two years. In 75 games with Sioux City, the Escondido, California, product recorded 23 points off of 13 goals and 10 assists.

The arrival of four new freshmen was not the only news roster-wise for the Terriers Wednesday, as a team source confirmed that defenseman Dalton MacAfee is no longer a member of the team. No reason was given for his departure.

A standout at St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, MacAfee played in 31 games last season for the Terriers, recording three assists while leading all defensemen in plus-minus at -3.

MacAfee is not the first Terrier to depart the team this offseason, as freshman forward Brendan Collier and redshirt sophomore defenseman J.D. Carrabino were cut from the roster in May.

Earlier this year, BU head coach David Quinn acknowledged that a large incoming class would likely force the team to make some roster cuts in order to free up space.

Fortunato, Greer, LaCouvee and Olsson will round out a 10-member Class of 2018 that also includes forwards in Eichel, Chase Phelps and J.J. Piccinich, as well as defensemen in MacLeod, Brandon Hickey and Brien Diffley. The first wave of BU’s incoming freshmen signed their National Letters of Intent back in May.

Tilts against Union, Michigan, U.S. National Junior Team highlight Terriers’ 2014-15 schedule

By Conor Ryan/DFP Staff

David Quinn’s second go-around with the Boston University men’s hockey team looks to be a memorable, if not challenging, campaign.
The program released its 2014-15 schedule Thursday, revealing plenty of both new and familiar matchups for the Terriers.
Games against reigning NCAA champion Union College, University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan and both the U.S. National Junior Team and the U.S. National Under-18 Team highlight the schedule for the Terriers, who are looking to rebound from a disappointing 2013-14 year.
BU’s season will kick off on Oct. 4, as the Terriers will host St. Thomas University-New Brunswick before opening up regular-season play on the road against the University of Massachusetts-Amherst on Oct. 10.
The Terriers will then host the U.S. U-18 team on Oct. 18 before starting their home schedule the following weekend with games against Michigan State University and Michigan on Oct. 24 and 25, respectively.
Other notable non-conference games on the schedule include the first ever meeting between Union and BU at Agganis Arena on Jan. 3 and contests against Harvard University (Nov. 25), Colgate University (Nov. 29), Dartmouth College (Nov. 30) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Dec. 13).
The Terriers will also travel to Madison for the first time since 2000 to take on Wisconsin in a two-game road tilt on Jan. 9-10. BU will also move back to its old confines of Walter Brown Arena on Dec. 19 to take on the U.S. National Junior Team.
Twenty-two Hockey East games are set for the upcoming season, including a home game against Boston College on Jan. 16. Two Hockey East teams will be making their first trips up to Agganis this season, as BU will host the University of Notre Dame for a weekend series on Feb. 20-21 and new conference member University of Connecticut on Nov. 16.
The Terriers will kick off the 63rd annual Beanpot on Feb. 2 and 9 at TD Garden. BU will take on Harvard in the first round before taking on either Boston College or Northeastern University the following weekend.
For the full schedule, check out the “2014-15 schedule” tab on the left.

David Quinn speaks to high school freshmen about leadership, adversity

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff
Boston University men’s hockey coach David Quinn had a young group of players this year, but Tuesday morning at Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, his audience was even younger. Quinn spent the morning speaking with the Masco freshman class, teaching them lessons on leadership and dealing with adversity.
Quinn spoke of his experiences, including some of the things he has learned in his coaching career as well as the adversity he faced when his hockey career was cut short due to hemophilia. Students then had a chance to ask Quinn questions, including, “What advice can you give to aspiring leaders?”
“The number one thing, I think, is obviously ‘When you see a wrong, right it,’” Quinn said to the high school freshman. “But it’s how you right it. I talk to our captains about this all the time. Your delivery is everything.”
Quinn, who preaches the importance of his players being well-rounded student-athletes, encouraged the same thing to the high school freshmen. He spoke in particular about the importance of treating people properly and not bullying others.

“Most people know right from wrong,” Quinn said. “I tell our guys, ‘If you see wrong, right it. But right it in a way that everybody can understand it and don’t do it in a confrontational way.”