The Boston University men’s hockey team just added a stellar find to their 2018 recruiting class as Culver Military Academy Prep defenseman Dominic Vidoli announced his commitment to join the Terrier family.
Vidoli is a grinder in a 6’0”, 170-pound frame, a force when it comes to corralling loose pucks and a terror on the boards. The Strongsville, Ohio native is willing to put his body on the line to stop a puck from sailing towards the net and should be someone Terriers head coach David Quinn can rely on to make sound decisions in the defensive zone.
In his first full season with Culver Academy in 2016-17, Vidoli logged four goals and four assists while compiling a +16 plus-minus rating in his time on the ice.
Vidoli improved his puck-handling and passing skills over the summer, and it has showed in the first 26 games of this season. The left-hander has poured in nine goals and 25 assists, becoming a staple of the Culver offensive attack.
With the likes of defenseman Brien Diffley and John MacLeod graduating, expect Vidoli to get a chance at filling in the minutes that these two will void. Should he impress over the summer and gel with his fellow defenseman, Vidoli could become a common member of the defensive third line in 2018-19.
Excited to announce my commitment to play college hockey at Boston University. Can’t wait to be a Terrier this fall.
New BU commit, ‘99 LD Dominic Vidoli (Culver Prep), brings more of a defensive style to the Terriers. Skates well, grinds and retrieves pucks. Stood out at Road to College Showcase last summer. His development is trending in right direction.
The 20-year-old most recently stood between the pipes for the Johnstown Tomahawks (NAHL), but previously played in the United States Hockey League for the Waterloo Black Hawks and Madison Capitols.
During the 2016-17 season, Hotte posted a .913 goal save percentage, 2.43 goals against average and a 24-12-1 record with the Tomahawks. He also set the team record for the most wins during a single season.
It’s never too late to add another recruit to the 2017-18 Boston University men’s hockey roster, which already has players such as Shane Bowers and Ty Amonte. This afternoon Jake Witkowski tweeted his commitment to Boston University and is eligible to play this coming season as per Elite Prospects.
The forward played four seasons at Malden Catholic High before playing one year at Avon Old Farms School where he tallied 40 points (13g, 27a) in 27 games. Rising sophomore Patrick Harper, one of the leading goal-scorers during the 2016-17 season, was also a product of Avon Old Farms.
Witkowski most recently played one season for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in the BCHL. The 20-year-old played 58 games and amassed 40 points, however, found the back of the net 23 times.
The Melrose, Mass. native looks to be a nice addition to the Terriers and will add more depth to the strong offense in the upcoming season.
While the Hockey East Tournament nears for the Boston University men’s hockey team, that doesn’t mean the coaching staff has turned a blind eye to the recruiting trail.
Rather, the Terriers, as first reported by SB Nation’s Jeff Cox, have secured the services of Liam Connors.
The 2001-born winger plays at the St. Sebastian’s School in nearby Needham, Massachusetts. Aged 16, Connors, per his Elite Prospects page, has also previously skated for the Boston Jr. Bruins and Neponset Valley River Rats.
While Connors won’t arrive on Commonwealth Avenue for several years, early word is he’s quite the talent.
St. Seb's RW Liam Connors committed to BU over the weekend. Small, but crafty/quick, feet are always moving, top 8 uncommitted '01 in NE.
While it remains to be seen when Webber would arrive on campus, he joins an already talented group of future blueliners. The contingent includes Case McCarthy, Kasper Kotkansalo, Cam Crotty and David Farrance.
Webber, who currently plays for The Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts, hails from Meadville, Pennsylvania. At Rivers, Webber plays for Shawn McEachern, the acclaimed forward who put up 186 points across his 120-game BU career.
For further background, Webber’s family advisor is Pete Fish, the same person who worked closely with alum Jack Eichel and commit Jake Wise, among others.
Boston University commit, Shane Bowers, has aced his midterm.
When NHL Central Scouting released its midterm rankings of players eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, it ranked the Halifax-born center as the 13th-best amongst North American skaters.
Bowers has played in all 33 games for the United States Hockey League’s Waterloo Blackhawks. His 10 goals and 24 points are good for second best on his team and puts him on track to beat last year’s numbers. Only 17, Bowers could be another offensive powerhouse on the Terrier roster.
He may have been the only projected newcomer to make the midterm rankings, but of all the likely freshmen for 2017-18, he isn’t the only one having a notable season.
Henry (Hank) Crone may only be 5-foot-8, but he packs a punch. The Texas native could be compared to the notoriously short and spunky Boston Bruin, Brad Marchand. Like Marchand, Crone spends a decent amount of time in the box, but that doesn’t prevent him from being productive. The winger has accumulated 31 points in 29 games with the Fargo Force, seventh-best among all USHL players.
David Farrance and Brady Tkachuk have been logging minutes on the U.S. National Under-18 Team.
At 5-foot-11, Farrance will likely never be the biggest man on the ice, but he’s been a strong presence on the blue line. As a defender, it’s no surprise he’s only netted five goals, but he also has 15 assists under his belt. The New York native has played in all 37 games and contributes to a penalty kill with an 85.1 percent success rate.
Tkachuk has family roots aplenty in the NHL. He could follow suit, as he’s eligible for the 2018 draft and putting up impressive numbers. He averages almost three shots on goal a game, and has the second most points among his teammates with 28. Tkachuk has consistently netted 15 or more goals in the previous three seasons, and between his 11 goals with the Under-18 team and five goals with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, he’s already accomplished that.
Four members of the current freshman class – goaltender Jake Oettinger, forwards Clayton Keller and Kieffer Bellows and defenseman Chad Krys – all carried their success on the Under-18 team to Terrier ice. Farrance and Tkachuk will likely do the same.
In his rookie season in the British Columbia Hockey League, forward Ty Amonte has played in all 41 games for the Penticton Vees. Earlier in the season, he boasted a nine-game point streak. While the Norwell native has only scored one point in the past nine games, he’s still a top producer for the team. He’s recorded 12 goals and 17 assists.
Finnish skater Kasper Kotkansalo has missed six games due to injury during his season with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, but has impressed nonetheless. The 6-foot-2 defenseman is expected to go in the middle rounds of the 2017 NHL Draft.
Cameron Crotty is also a notable prospect for the 2017 Draft, according to eliteprospects.com. The defenseman from Ontario has contributed eight points, including a game-winning goal, to the Brockville Braves of the Central Canadian Hockey League. He’s only played in 25 games this season, but his 0.32 points per game average from last season has persisted.
The current Terrier freshmen class has drawn national attention thanks to its stunning abilities and maturity. The amount of talent in the 2016-17 group will be hard to top, but the new wave of players projected to arrive on campus next fall will undoubtedly bring promise of continued success for the team.
~ This article originally appeared in The Daily Free Press and was written by Shelby Reardon. ~
The commitments just keep on coming for the Boston University men’s hockey team, as Canadian blue-liner Cam Crotty took to Twitter today to announce his commitment to BU. The 17-year-old is projected to join the Terriers next season.
I am honoured to announce my commitment to Boston University! I am excited for the opportunity and thankful for the endless support from all
Crotty, who is eligible for next year’s NHL draft, is a 6-foot-1, 172 pound defenseman currently with the Brockville Braves of the CCHL. He has one goal in seven games this season after recording 18 points in 57 games with the Braves last year, indicating his knack of contributing on the offensive end.
The Terriers have been extremely busy as of late adding recruits for the next couple of years, as they have picked up four commitments in less than a month. Defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo and forward Shane Bowers will likely join BU for the 2017-18 season, while 14-year-old Dylan Peterson is projected to arrive at Commonwealth Avenue in 2020.
Here are some more tweets regarding Crotty.
Crotty is a smart, mobile, two-way defenseman playing for Jr. A Brockville in Ontario
The star-studded prospects just keep on coming for BU head coach David Quinn and the Boston University men’s hockey team.
After receiving a commitment from Dylan Peterson yesterday, USHL center and top 2017 NHL draft prospect Shane Bowers tweeted out his commitment to BU today. Bowers, 17, is one of seven Terrier commits eligible to play next season.
Excited to play college hockey at Boston University. Looking forward to being a part of the BU tradition! Can't wait to be a Terrier! 🐾
The Canadian-born Bowers is currently in the midst of his second year with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. He has five goals and four assists through nine games played. The 6-foot, 170 pound center also played for the Canada Under-18 squad in the Hlinka Memorial Cup this year, scoring once in four games.
Bowers is known for his limitless potential and playmaking on the offensive end. With the current Terriers’ squad stacked on offense, it looks like Bowers should have no problem fitting right in on Commonwealth Avenue next season. Here are some more reactions on Bowers’ decision.
The 2016-17 Boston University men’s hockey season is in full swing, but that doesn’t mean head coach David Quinn has dialed back his recruiting efforts.
As announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning, Dylan Peterson, a forward projected for the Class of 2020, has committed to the Terriers. The 14-year-old hails from Russell, Ontario, and currently skates for the Canadian International Hockey Academy. An assistant captain for their Bantam AAA team, Peterson has 15 points in nine games.
Prior to playing for the Ontario-based school, Peterson put up 53 points in 33 games for two different OEMBHL teams – the Ottawa Jr. 67s and the Eastern Ontario Wild. A scouting reports also suggests that Peterson will high-end skill to Agganis Arena.
Dylan Peterson (02) commits to Boston University. CIH Academy in Ontario, CAN. Reports: Dynamic, speedy forward w/ high-end tools. #WhosNext
When Peterson arrives on campus, he’ll join a trend of Quinn recruiting Canadian-based forwards. The 2014-15 class featured A.J. Greer, then the youngest player in the NCAA. This year’s Terriers also features Gabriel Chabot, a 20-year-old winger from Quebec City.
The 2016-17 season may be underway, but that doesn’t mean that Terrier head coach David Quinn and his staff aren’t still recruiting.
The Terriers seem to have landed another big name, as Jeff Cox of SB Nation tweeted out that ’98 defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo has committed to Boston University. He will be eligible to join the Terriers as early as next season.
Hearing BU has received a commitment from late '98 LD Kasper Kotkansalo. Playing with Sioux City in USHL. Won Gold Medal w/ Finland at U18s.
The 6-foot-2, 190 pound blue-liner is currently playing with the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL. It is his first year playing hockey in North America. Kotkansalo, who is a top prospect for next year’s NHL Draft, also won a gold medal with his native Finland team in the U18 World Junior Championship last year, notching four assists and a plus/minus rating of +5 in six games.
Kotkansalo is a hard-hitting defenseman with offensive upside, totaling 19 points in 48 games with Blues U20 of Jr. A SM-Liiga in Finland last season. Current BU defenders Charlie McAvoy and Dante Fabbro are known for contributing on both ends, so it seems that Quinn and his staff may have a preference for defenders who can score points on any given night.
Kasper Kotkansalo, a native of Espoo, Finland, leads Sioux Falls with 3 shots. Stampede goalie Jeremy Swayman has 12 saves.