Odds and Ends: Some pre-NCAA Tournament reading

Hi friends! We’ve put together some content over the past week that might be of interest to you as you count down the hours till BU takes on the University of Denver in the first game of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

-Here’s Andrew’s game preview for Saturday.

-Judy spent the entire season tracking the team’s shot attempts and put together an in-depth piece on that.

-We asked Doyle Somerby and Robbie Baillargeon some pretty fun questions earlier this week. You can check out our 20 Questions here.

-I also took a bit of time to catch up with Minnesota native Chase Phelps ahead of the tournament. That story is here.

Odds and Ends: Moving on to quarterfinals at Lowell

Hi folks. Due to spring break, there won’t be a podcast this week, so we’re compiling links/tweets/notes of interest for your reading pleasure instead.

Charlie McAvoy was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week after he posted four assists and was a plus-5 in BU’s series against UMass.

-Good news for BU fans: the Terriers are essentially a lock for the NCAA tournament, according to College Hockey News.

-BU finished up its home slate on the year. Some notes from Brian Kelley on that front:

-Another fun note from Mike Morreale:

-From last week, a piece on Jordan Greenway by Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.

-ICYMI, BU women’s hockey fell to Boston College in Sunday’s Hockey East championship game. Here’s the FreeP’s coverage from that.

Odds and Ends: Beanpot final edition!

Hi folks! Here’s some reading (and listening?) for you prior to game time.

Tonight’s preview written by us.

-Here’s our podcast preview of the game:

-This got a bit buried last week, but I wrote about Connor LaCouvee and his role on the team.

Jordan Greenway has been named Hockey East Rookie of the Week.

-And here’s a preview from The Heights, Boston College’s student newspaper.

-Jocko Connolly had a story about Doyle Somerby in the Boston Herald.

-Mark your calendars:

-We’ll preserve the identity of the other two, but still pretty funny:

Odds and Ends: Pre-Beanpot links, links and more links!

Happy Beanpot, everybody! We’ll be updating this page throughout the afternoon, but in the meantime, feel free to check out some stories, videos and podcasts to get you amped for tonight:

-Here’s our game preview, written by Andrew and me.

-I wrote about what this Beanpot means for BU’s group of seniors.

-Here’s some audio for you, too. We did a bit of Beanpot trivia with the freshmen, to see just how much they knew:

-The three of us also chatted about our Beanpot memories from last year:

-More listening! I joined my friend Josh Brown over at WRBB at Northeastern to chat about BU hockey in preparation for the first-round matchup.

-If you want some highlights from last year’s final, here you go.

-Our friend Jocko Connolly over at the Herald took a look at some Bruins prospects playing in the Beanpot.

-Jocko also has five things to watch in tonight’s Beanpot.

-Jeff Cox also looked at some NHL prospects set to play in the tournament.

-BU Today wrote about Danny O’Regan and his final Beanpot last week.

-ICYMI, from Friday’s game against Merrimack: recap, sidebar on the weird goaltending situation and pluses/minuses.

-Beanpot previews from Harvard and Boston College.

Odds and Ends: 20 Questions, Grzelcyk named HE Player of Week

Hey, folks!

It was a pretty successful past week for BU, taking wins against the University of Massachusetts and then-No. 5 Harvard University (a wild one at that). The Terriers will look to build off that when they go into a two-game series against No. 4 Boston College this weekend.

We just wanted to catch everyone up on some tidbits that you might have missed.

Matt Grzelcyk was named both Hockey East Player of the Week and NCAA Hockey’s Second Star of the Week for his four goals and one assist in two games against Harvard and UMass.

-BU’s two wins moved them up one spot to No. 10 in the USCHO.com Poll. The Terriers sit at No. 9 in Pairwise.

-Get to know BU newcomers Oskar Andren and Erik Udahl a little better with the 20 Questions Sarah and Judy asked them.

-Sarah also joined WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin on his College Puckcast to discuss the upcoming games against BC. Give it a listen.

-Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy looked at BC’s newest goalie, Ian Milosz, and how he performed well in place of Thatcher Demko against No. 3 Providence College.

Tweet of the Week

Odds and Ends: ’01 D Braden Doyle commits to BU, various links

-Shattuck-St. Mary’s defenseman and Lynnfield native Braden Doyle announced his commitment to Boston University in a tweet on Wednesday:

Doyle should be set to arrive in 2020-21.

-ICYMI, looks like BU has added two new forwards for the second semester: Oskar Andren and Erik Udahl. No official announcement yet from BU, however.

-With World Juniors currently happening, there’s plenty of good content rolling around about some BU folks. Here’s an article from the New York Times featuring Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and other Swedish players.

-This article’s a bit old, but this was an interesting piece from the Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont on San Diego hockey talent, featuring BU’s Nikolas Olsson. Be sure to give it a read if you haven’t already.

-We’re preparing some midseason pieces that’ll be published after the New Year, just to tide you guys over until BU’s game against Harvard on Jan. 7. Stay tuned for those!

Odds and Ends: Grzelcyk named Defensive Player of Week, new rankings and more

-Senior captain Matt Grzelcyk, just after his return to BU following surgery recovery, earned Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors, the league announced on Monday. Grzelcyk tallied three points in the team’s weekend sweep of Northeastern.

-New USCHO national rankings also came out Monday afternoon — BU stayed at No. 11, but Providence College, which BU faces this weekend, jumped up to No. 1 after starting the season 6-0-1.

-This is pretty cool: my Online Journalism professor (and Andrew’s former JO 304 prof), Nick Barber, just got a new 360-degree camera. He also happens to be a big BU hockey fan, and he recorded this video after the Terriers beat Northeastern University at Agganis Arena on Friday evening.

-A few fun facts from @BurntBoats (a great follow for BU hockey fans, if you don’t already):

-Tweet of the weekend?:

Odds and Ends: Travis Roy, BU recruits and a reminder about commenting

-As you may know, yesterday was Travis Roy Day in Boston, on the 20th anniversary of Roy’s accident that left him paralyzed. There was a ton of great coverage of that, of which BU Athletics has a roundup here.

-Our good friend Conor Ryan, a former BHB writer now working for SBNation, had a great feature on BU recruits Kieffer Bellows and Clayton Keller, who visited Agganis last weekend.

-Jeff Cox had a good “Hockey East By the Numbers” breakdown, too.

-Switching gears, we’ve been noticing the comments have started to get a bit nasty in terms of personal attacks. We want to keep this a positive environment for everyone. We welcome productive conversation about hockey, and even the occasional digression, as long as it remains respectful. Disagreements are bound to happen, but when it gets to the point where people are throwing personal jabs at each other, then that’s not okay. Let’s keep it pleasant, please.

-Tweet of the week?

Looks like my fellow beatmates aren’t the only ones excited for the new “Star Wars”…anyone else excited?

Odds and Ends: Playing catch-up

Hey folks. Did you miss us? We certainly missed you!

The past week we’ve had issues with our entire website, which stemmed from our old host. Essentially, the only way to fix this was by switching to a new host. Given the volume of content on the dailyfreepress.com domain, transferring all of the information from the old host to the new one took much longer than we all anticipated.

You might notice that some of our design looks a little different than before — a bunch of our custom design coding got wiped, so we’re in the process of fixing that. But for the moment, getting content brought back to you was a much higher priority.

Naturally, given that we didn’t have a platform to show you all of our content, a whole bunch of BU hockey stuff happened in the past several days. So here’s a gigantic roundup of everything we weren’t able to share with you.

Our sincerest apologies for being out of touch. Hopefully, this transfer avoids any future issues and you guys won’t be left in the dark again. — Sarah

-Last Friday, BU formally announced its incoming seven-person freshman class. No surprises, but we now know what jersey numbers they’ll all wear:

  • #1: Max Prawdzik, G
  • #2: Shane Switzer, D
  • #7: Charlie McAvoy, D
  • #8: Ryan Cloonan, F
  • #14: Bobo Carpenter, F
  • #18: Jordan Greenway, F
  • #23: Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, F

-According to the updated roster on GoTerriers, Ahti Oksanen will wear #17 this season. Dillon Lawrence will wear #28.

-Right before our site blackout, we reported that T.J. Ryan has decided to retire from hockey after multiple concussions. I got a chance to chat with him (and his father, Tom) about what went into that decision and what the future looks like for him. Here’s that story.

-Former Terrier Chris Dyment was formally named the new Director of Hockey Operations on Wednesday. The news was first reported by Jeff Cox of SB Nation on Monday. Here’s Judy’s brief for that.

-Cox also ranked all 12 Hockey East schools in terms of recruiting classes. He ranked BU #2.

Looking forward:
-It’s Hockey East Media Day on Monday! All three of us will be there and will have a full writeup of anything important that happens.

-They’ll unveil the preseason coaches’ poll on Monday, too. We all know that polls don’t have that much value (i.e., BU was picked to finish sixth in the conference last season, and we all know how that turned out) but it’s always fun to see what people say and argue about it.

-On that note of polls, the Hockey East Writers and Broadcasters Association poll is expected to be released on Sunday. We’ve already revealed our votes for that on Twitter (Sarah, Judy, Andrew) but we’ll have a post up on Sunday once the results are out.

Report: Maxim Letunov to play at UConn, other notes

Per Mike Anthony of the Hartford Courant, once-BU recruit Maxim Letunov is expected to play at the University of Connecticut. According to Anthony, the switch comes as a result of issues with the admissions process at BU.

Letunov is waiting on official word from the UConn admissions office, but Anthony’s report says there shouldn’t be an issue there. However, there’s still some uncertainty as to whether Letunov will be eligible for 2015-16 or will have to wait until 2016-17.

The 6-foot-3 center was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft, before his rights were traded to Arizona in March.

BU will still welcome top forward recruits in Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Jordan Greenway, Bobo Carpenter and Ryan Cloonan this fall.

A few other notes and links:

-Former Terrier Chris Drury will be inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame on Dec. 17.

-This happened a while back, but for those who don’t know, looks like Sean Skahan will replace Anthony Morando as the team’s strength and conditioning coach. Skahan has a pretty impressive resume, having previously worked with the Anaheim Ducks.

-Good stuff on Brandon Hickey from the Calgary Flames website.

-In other Hockey East news, former Northeastern forward Michael Szmatula is expected to play for Minnesota.