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.

Parker tabbed U.S. Men’s Select coach

By Meredith Perri/DFP Staff

Former Boston University men’s hockey coach Jack Parker has taken on a new title.

USA Hockey announced Friday morning that Parker, who retired after working as the Terriers bench boss for 40 years in March, will work as the head coach of the 2013 U.S. Men’s Select Team that will participate in the Deutschland Cup in Munich, Germany.

Ben Smith, who was an assistant coach at BU during the early 80s, and Mike Bavis, who spent 11 years as an assistant coach at BU before taking on the associate coach position from 2010-13, will serve as the associate coach and assistant coach of the team, respectively.

“We’re excited to have an outstanding coach staff, led by Jack Parker,” said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, in a press release. “Together they bring more than 80 years of coaching experience which will be a tremendous asset for our team.”

The team will kick off the Deutschland Cup on Friday, Nov. 8 when it takes on Slovakia before playing Switzerland on Nov. 9 and Germany on Nov. 10.

Read the entire press release here.