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.

Lawrence, Udahl cut from BU men’s hockey team

Junior forward Dillon Lawrence and freshman forward Erik Udahl have been cut from the Boston University men’s hockey team for the 2016-17 season, multiple sources told The Daily Free Press.

Lawrence made just three appearances for BU in 2015-16, in two games against the University of New Hampshire and in the Terriers’ 4-1 victory over undefeated Quinnipiac University. He scored one goal in 37 appearances over the course of his BU career.

Udahl joined the Terriers in January, following a stint with the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL, and did not make a game appearance with the team.

Somerby named 2016-17 captain, team awards presented at Friends of Hockey Banquet

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.

Sean Maguire signs entry-level contract with Pittsburgh Penguins

Goaltender Sean Maguire has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Pittsburgh Penguins beginning in the 2016-17 season, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

He will first join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL on an amateur tryout contract for the rest of this year.

A fourth-round selection (113th overall) by the Penguins in the 2012 NHL Draft, Maguire ended his senior campaign with a .920 save percentage and 2.41 goals-against average. Maguire also earned the 2016 Beanpot MVP and Eberly Award for the top goaltender of the tournament in his final year on Commonwealth Avenue.

Maguire ended his BU career with a 29-29-2 record and .922 save percentage in three seasons.

He is the fourth player since the end of the season to sign a professional contract, joining Matt Grzelcyk, Danny O’Regan and Matt Lane.

Matt Lane signs AHL contract with Rochester Americans

BU assistant captain Matt Lane has signed an AHL contract with the Rochester Americans for the 2016-17 season, the team announced Wednesday morning.

Lane, an undrafted free agent, becomes the third Terrier since the end of the season to sign a professional contract.

During his senior campaign at BU, Lane finished fourth on the team in points (28), recording 14 goals and 14 assists, both career highs. Lane finished his BU career with 69 points and 33 goals.

A native of Rochester, New York, Lane is now the third BU player to join the Americans within the last year, as former forwards Evan Rodrigues and Cason Hohmann have both spent time with the Buffalo Sabres’ affiliate this season.

Matt Grzelcyk signs with Bruins

BU captain and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins, the team announced Friday. He will join the Providence Bruins of the AHL on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for the remainder of the year.

Grzelcyk was a third-round, 85th overall draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2012.

Grzelcyk finished his BU career with 95 points in 125 contests. He was named a First Team All-American for the 2014-15 season, and earned Hockey East First Team All-Star honors in his junior and senior years.

In his senior season, in 27 appearances, he had 23 points and finished as a plus-17.

He is the BU second player this week to sign a pro contract, as Danny O’Regan signed with the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

Reports: Danny O’Regan signs with San Jose Sharks

Boston University men’s hockey senior assistant captain Danny O’Regan has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks, Bob McKenzie reported on Friday. San Jose drafted O’Regan in 2012 in the fifth round with the 138th overall pick. 

In his senior year in 2015-16, he led his team in scoring with 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists). He recorded his second career hat trick in a tie against the University of New Hampshire on Feb. 19. Hockey East awarded him with First Team All-Star honors for the 2015-16 season, after he finished third in the league with 28 conference points.

He was previously named to the 2014-15 Second Team and the All-Rookie Team in 2012-13.

O’Regan completed his Boston University career with 154 points in 154 games in a Terrier uniform. He is just one of 18 BU players in history to finish with 150 career points, and is tied for 15th place on the all-time scoring list. He has the highest career point total of any Terrier since Chris Drury finished with 214 points in 1998.

In all four seasons, he finished in the top three on the team in scoring, with his highest-scoring season coming during his 50-point junior season.

John Buccigross indicated on Tuesday that O’Regan would sign with the Sharks.

BU adds F Erik Udahl for 2nd semester

Boston University has added another player for the second semester, with East Walpole native Erik Udahl making an announcement on Twitter:

Udahl joins forward Oskar Andren, who announced on Dec. 20 that he would join the Terriers, as another second-semester addition. The 19-year-old Udahl is a product of the Rivers School in Weston. He most recently played for the Coquitliam Express of the BCHL, recording seven goals and three assists in 33 games this season.

Confirmed: Nick Roberto suspended for 2015-16 season

Junior forward Nick Roberto, who has not played a game for the Boston University men’s hockey team this season, has been suspended and will not play for the remainder of the season, sources confirmed to The Daily Free Press.

Roberto has been out of the lineup for BU as part of a team suspension.

College Hockey News was the first to report this story.

From CHN:

“According to several sources, Roberto’s suspension is the result of gambling activity he participated in during last season. Sources indicate that Roberto was not the only BU player involved, though those players are no longer with the hockey program. The identity of those players could not be confirmed. Other sources have indicated that players from other teams were involved, too.”

BU released a statement saying, “Beyond confirming that Mr. Roberto will not play for the Boston University hockey team this season, federal privacy laws prevent us from discussing his status.

“However, we can say that several months ago, we heard rumors that a BU hockey player had engaged in gambling. Although the rumors did not involve gambling on either college or professional hockey games, we nonetheless immediately conducted a thorough investigation and turned the results over to the appropriate authorities at the NCAA. Based on that investigation, the NCAA made its own findings and took remedial action, and we would refer you to that organization for further information.”

CHN’s report also cited the NCAA’s rule that “a player who is found gambling on any sporting event, amateur or pro in any sport, via a ‘bookie’ or the Internet, faces a minimum one-year suspension,” adding that for some of the players involved, “the gambling activities incurred ‘large’ debts, which eventually led to the situation coming to light.”

The report also said this instance of gambling at BU could be tied to a Massachusetts gambling ring that was broken up last month by state and federal investigators:

“In a 122-count indictment handed down after a year-long investigation, 33 people were indicted by a grand jury as part of the operation, which was based out of Boston and the South Shore. One of those was Keith O’Connell, who, sources indicate, is the same Keith O’Connell that is a former defenseman at Boston College and Massachusetts.

“O’Connell was charged with registering bets, using the telephone to register bets and conspiracy to commit money laundering.”

In addition, per a report from WEEI.com, “Roberto is not currently being investigated by any law enforcement agencies. He is still enrolled at BU and still a member of the hockey team, and that is not expected to change.”

CHN wrote that Emily James, a spokesperson for the NCAA, said “the NCAA will have no comment regarding a potential investigation into the BU hockey program stemming from the alleged gambling.”

She could not be reached for immediate comment when The Daily Free Press tried.