2013-14 men’s hockey preview issue

Thursday brought the annual hockey preview edition of The Daily Free Press, and this year all eight pages of the issue were dedicated to men’s and women’s hockey.

Be sure to grab a copy and share it with your friends if you’re on campus, but if you are not, here is a look at all of the content the issue features.

The season preview, which details what to expect from David Quinn’s first year as coach, is the first story of the issue.

Here is more background on Quinn and the path he took to go from BU hockey player to head coach of his alma mater.

Jake Moscatel dreamed of playing for BU his entire life, but getting there was not easy.

Garrett Noonan is back, he is captain, and he has business to take care of.

Sophomore year was a chance for Evan Rodrigues and Cason Hohmann to break out. Now, they have a chance to lead.

Hockey East is only getting tougher with the arrival of Notre Dame and the emergence of UMass-Lowell and Providence. Where does BU fit in? Check out our power rankings.

On the women’s front, take a look at the season preview as Brian Durocher’s squad tries to get back to the national championship, and a profile of Kerrin Sperry, who is a leader both between the pipes and with ROTC.

What is Patrick MacGregor’s favorite pregame music? Find out in our lighthearted “Seven Questions” Q&A.

You can find the digital copy of the issue here.

Video: Quinn, Noonan and MacGregor discuss team leadership

By Meredith Perri/DFP Staff 

Thursday afternoon, members of the media met with coaches and players during the annual Hockey East Media Day at TD Garden. First-year Boston University men’s hockey coach David Quinn stressed the leadership he has seen from his senior class, and senior defensemen Garrett Noonan and Patrick MacGregor followed suit by discussing how they have developed as mentors to a large freshmen class. 

Watch the videos below to hear more from Quinn, Noonan and MacGregor:

Former Terrier Steve Greeley set to become BU assistant coach

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

When Steve Greeley starts as the Boston University men’s hockey team’s assistant coach Monday, there will be one unofficial order of business that will need taking care of: getting his family some new apparel.

Greeley’s wife, Lauren, is a Boston College graduate, and his sister, Megan, is a rising sophomore. His father, also named Steve, coaches BC’s club hockey team.

Needless to say, the new coach and member of BU’s Class of 2004 is looking for a lot less maroon and gold in their wardrobes.

“I have to get them all back on board here,” Greeley said with a laugh. “We’ll have them in the seats wearing red and white soon. … They’re going to have to [be BU fans again]. They’re going to have to. My family has got a lot of BC in them, I’ll tell you that much.”

Whether or not the others are ready to move their allegiances down Comm. Ave., Greeley is starting his new gig July 1, just days after formally accepting the job Wednesday night, he told The Daily Free Press Thursday afternoon.

After playing for four years under Jack Parker, during which time the Terriers won two Beanpot championships and made two NCAA tournament appearances, Greeley spent a season in the ECHL.

He has worked for the Los Angeles Kings for the last six years, first as a college scout and more recently as a pro scout. When head coach David Quinn sought permission from the Kings in late April to talk to Greeley, then reached out to Greeley himself, things came together pretty quickly.

“One thing led to another,” said Greeley, a Scituate native who played his high school hockey at Milton Academy (Milton) and Thayer Academy (Braintree). “I’m thrilled to be going back to BU. I’m excited to work for David Quinn. It’s a great opportunity.”

Although he will hold a slightly different title — assistant coach, not associate head coach — Greeley is in effect replacing Mike Bavis, who resigned in the spring after spending 15 seasons on the Terrier coaching staff.

Greeley confirmed assistant coach Buddy Powers will also return.

“Mike Bavis is a great friend of mine, and I’ve had some great conversations with him as well about the job and about the school and everything,” Greeley said.

Recruiting will be one of Greeley’s main tasks, and he’s not wasting any time. At 6 p.m. Monday, he is flying to Buffalo, N.Y. to watch the U.S. Youth Select 17 development camp in Williamsville.

While Greeley doesn’t have experience recruiting youngsters to a college program, he doesn’t expect too much of a learning curve. He spent the beginning of his tenure with the Kings “recruiting” college free agents to Los Angeles, and he said the two tasks are comparable.

With the Kings, he had to sell the organization — including player development, facilities and the coaches — to college players looking to go pro, a goal similar to what he’ll be doing with BU.

“You’re still recruiting kids that are going to be professional athletes, and you have to convince them that your place is the right spot,” Greeley said. “That’s no different than trying to convince a kid or a family why BU is the best opportunity for them. I think experience-wise I don’t have a lot to learn trying to tell players and families why BU is such a great place.”

Greeley will have plenty of adjusting to do in the coming months — adjusting to the travel, his Agganis Arena office, his family’s conversion — but he is excited, to say the least, about the new opportunity.

“I never thought much about coaching. I kind of carved a little path in the NHL and things were going great there,” Greeley said. “As soon as I knew this was an opportunity, I knew in one night it was what I wanted to do. I think there’s something to be said for working with a college, and to BU is a pretty special place. I’ve made some great friendships here, and I want to be a part of it again.”

BU officially tabs David Quinn as Jack Parker’s successor

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

David Quinn is coming home.
The 46-year-old Boston University alumnus, who served as Jack Parker’s associate head coach for five years before leaving after the 2009 national championship, was officially named the next BU men’s hockey coach Tuesday morning.
BU President Robert Brown, with Quinn and athletic director Mike Lynch his side, made the announcement in a news conference at the School of Management.
Finding the next men’s hockey coach for Boston University was been a wonderful challenge,” Brown said. “David has the ability, the experience and the values that we hold at Boston University to lead this program going forward.”
Lynch reached out to Quinn March 12 — the day after Parker announced his retirement — and the process didn’t take long from there. Quinn flew into Boston early Monday morning to finalize the agreement.
“It’s great to be home,” Quinn said. “I’m a BU guy through and through.
I can’t explain to you how excited I am, how happy I am, how proud I am to continue the legacy that Jack has built over the last 40 years.”
The hiring ends Quinn’s four-season hiatus from Commonwealth Avenue and starts his third stint as a Terrier, all of them in different roles.

Photos by Michelle Jay/DFP Staff

A former first-round NHL draft pick, Quinn played for three years under Parker, then co-captained the 1987-88 team he did not play for due to a rare blood disorder. He played professionally for two seasons before beginning his coaching career.
Quinn made stops at Northeastern University, the University of Nebraska-Omaha and with the U.S. National Development Program before returning to BU for the 2004-05 campaign.
After the Terriers won it all in 2009, Quinn coached the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League to a 115-94-27 record in three seasons before taking an assistant coaching job with the Colorado Avalanche for this season. He will finish the season with the Avalanche before focusing full-time on BU.
Quinn is touted as a very good recruiter, and is widely credited with bringing in many of the players on BU’s most recent national championship team. He has long been seen as a potential replacement for Parker.
When he hired me in ’04 — people talk,” Quinn said. “Jack’s age and my age, people made assumptions, and I certainly never made an assumption.
I always thought in the back of my mind that college hockey is something I would be interested in going back to if the right job opened up,” Quinn continued. “I wasn’t going to come back to college hockey just for any job, and we certainly all know this just isn’t any job, and it certainly isn’t just any job to me.”

Parker, who was consulted throughout the hiring process, gave Quinn his full blessing.

“He brings a different perspective now since he has been away for a while,” Parker said. “He was one of three or four obvious guys. And then it came down to, ‘OK, all of these guys are great. Who is the best?’ David Quinn won that battle.”

The hiring came quicker than many expected, the announcement coming just three days after the conclusion of Parker’s 40th and final season, and the work will begin immediately.
Quinn planned on spending part of the day Tuesday on calling incoming recruits, as well as talking with juniors Matt Nieto and Garrett Noonan, both of whom could forgo their seniors seasons and sign with their NHL teams — the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators, respectively.
Whatever Nieto and Noonan decide, Quinn likes the squad BU has now. Although the status of associate head coach Mike Bavis and assistant coach Buddy Powers is up in the air, Quinn has worked with them before and said he is looking forward to doing so again.
This isn’t broke[n],” Quinn said. “Usually when you become a head coach at a Division 1 program in any sport, usually it’s because the team is losing and there’s been a coaching change … We certainly have a lot of good players here.”
That Quinn got the job when he did was eerie, in a way. About a week before Parker announced his retirement, Quinn ran into three members of the 2009 team — Colin Wilson (Nashville Predators), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis Blues) and Nick Bonino (Anaheim Ducks).
He said seeing those guys “magnified” the feelings he was having of wanting to get back into the college game.
“It really reminded me of what college hockey was all about,” Quinn said. “I’ve moved around an awful lot. I’m here for the long haul. No intention of going anywhere. I will not seek any other jobs. I’ve been a lot of different places, and it’s just good to be home.”
He’s not home quite yet, though. After meeting the team Tuesday afternoon, Quinn was catching a 6 p.m flight to Calgary, Alberta, to join the Avalanche.

Source: David Quinn to be next BU men’s hockey coach

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

Boston University is set to announce that David Quinn will succeed Jack Parker as the BU men’s hockey coach, according to a source. The athletic department will make it official at a news conference 11 a.m. Tuesday at a location to be determined.

The news comes just two days after Parker’s 40-year head coaching career at BU ended with a 1-0 loss to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in the Hockey East championship game. Parker announced March 11 that this season would be his last on the Terrier bench.

Quinn, 46, who was a co-captain for Parker’s 1987-88 team, served as Parker’s associate head coach for five seasons, but left after the 2009 national championship to become the head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL).

Last June, Quinn joined the Colorado Avalanche as an assistant coach under Joe Sacco, another BU hockey alumnus.

The Cranston, R.I., native is highly regarded as a top-notch recruiter, and was long seen as a likely candidate to replace Parker whenever he decided to retire.

On March 15, athletic director Mike Lynch told The Daily Free Press that a committee, comprised in part by him, BU President Robert Brown and Provost Jean Morrison, would pick the next coach. Lynch indicated he was looking to move quickly.

The hiring of Quinn means associate head coach Mike Bavis, who replaced Quinn starting in the 2009-10 season and said March 11 he felt very qualified for the job, was passed over.

“I’m a little more uniquely positioned to deal with this,” Bavis said that afternoon. “As the last couple of years have shown, this is more than just a hockey job.”

The status of Bavis and assistant coach Buddy Powers moving forward is unclear.

The source also said the school “talked to” New York Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) head coach John Hynes, though how close either was to getting the job is also unclear.