Len Quesnelle becomes new BU assistant coach, Scott Young joins Pittsburgh

The Boston University men’s hockey team has named Len Quesnelle, announced today by BU head coach David Quinn, as the Terriers’ new assistant coach. Former assistant coach Scott Young was named the director of player development for the Pittsburgh Penguins in July.

Quesnelle, a Princeton University defenseman, served as the Tigers’ head coach and has coached in the NCAA for over 25 years. The Bramalea, Ontario native spent nine seasons as the assistant coach of the University of Massachusetts Minutemen and was most recently an amateur scout for the Detroit Red Wings.

PHOTO BY CLINTON NGUYEN/DFP FILE PHOTO
PHOTO BY CLINTON NGUYEN/DFP FILE PHOTO

Young, who was named Quinn’s assistant coach in 2015, will join his former team and BU alum Mike Sullivan. The Penguins most recently won their second straight NHL Championship against the Nashville Predators this June. During Young’s 17-season NHL career, he hoisted the Stanley Cup trophy twice (1991 with Pittsburgh and 1996 with the Colorado Avalanche).

 

Jack Parker and Scott Young named to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Earlier this morning, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was announced. Former head coach Jack Parker and current assistant coach Scott Young were honored alongside Kevin Collins, former BU assistant coach Ben Smith, and Ron Wilson.

Jack Parker

While Jack Parker stepped down as Boston University’s head coach after the 2012-13 season, he amassed a name that is still heard around Agganis Arena as well as etched into the ice as the Jack Parker rink.

Jack Parker has built a legacy with BU and in the world of USA hockey. PHOTO COURTESY OF BU TODAY
Jack Parker has built a legacy with BU and in the world of USA hockey. PHOTO COURTESY OF BU TODAY

In his 40 seasons of coaching BU men’s hockey, he won 897 games, the most wins at one school, which included three NCAA national championships, 11 Hockey East conference titles, and 21 Beanpot Tournament wins.

Parker also received the Spencer Penrose Award as NCAA Division I Coach of the Year three times (1975, 1978, 2009), a feat accomplished by only two other coaches.

During his time as head coach, the Somerville, Mass. native developed many United States hockey legends in the NHL and the Olympics such as Jim Craig and Mike Eruzione who participated in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Mike Sullivan, who recently won his second consecutive Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, was also a notable player that learned under Parker’s leadership.

“I’m so pleased to be associated with everybody in the class, but obviously especially Ben,” Parker said in a live stream of a media conference today. “I have a great relationship with Scotty Young. He played for me and I’ve known him for such a long time and [he had] a fabulous NHL career. … [It’s] an unbelievable, humbling experience to go in with these guys and I think it will be a great night.”

Parker also cited that he would have never received the honor had it not been for Smith, who served as Parker’s assistant coach for nine years, because Smith kept him in “the good graces of USA hockey all these years.”

Aside from coaching the Terriers, Parker served as assistant coach of the U.S Men’s National Team in 1995, and head coach of the 1996 U.S. National Junior Team and 2013 U.S. Men’s Select Team.

Parker also had a memorable run during his time at BU, collecting three Beanpot victories and leading the 1968 team as captain his senior year.

Scott Young

Young is currently an assistant coach at BU with David Quinn, however, he played for Parker during his two years with the Terriers and was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year after his first season.

Scott Young has been an assistant coach for BU since September 2015. PHOTO COURTESY OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
Scott Young has been an assistant coach for BU since September 2015. PHOTO COURTESY OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

The 11th overall draft pick in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, went on to have 17 seasons and 1,181 regular-season games in the NHL.

He successfully played with teams such as the Penguins and the Colorado Avalanche where he won two Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1996 respectively. He remains one of three former Terriers (Nick Bonino and Jay Pandolfo) to secure the NHL championship twice.

The Clinton, Mass. native was known for his goal-scoring especially game-winners and shorthanded goals and ranks No. 12 in goals among all American players. Young in his career took up positions as a forward and defenseman, and was renowned for his effectiveness on the power-play and penalty kill.

Throughout his NHL career, Young also represented the U.S. on the National Junior Team, in three Olympics Winter Games, and during the IIHF Men’s World Championships.

“I feel really honored to be inducted with this class because of the relationships that I have with Jack Parker, obviously being my coach at Boston University along with Ben Smith and Ben was also the assistant on the ’88 Olympic Team, and obviously playing for Ron Wilson,” Young said in the same media conference. “I actually played with Ron Wilson as a player also in the ’88 World Championships. So I got to see Ron as a player … and play with him and then be coached by him and then the ’96 World Cup and that was such a special time for us with USA hockey.”

 

BU promotes Albie O’Connell to associate head coach, Scott Young to assistant coach

[Update, 11:45 a.m. on Thursday: Here’s a full story in today’s Daily Free Press about the promotions, complete with quotes from O’Connell and Young.]

The departure of former associate head coach Steve Greeley to the New York Rangers in mid-August left a hole to be filled in the Boston University men’s hockey coaching staff.

On Wednesday, BU announced that assistant coach Albie O’Connell will fill Greeley’s spot, and director of hockey operations Scott Young will be promoted to assistant coach.

Young was originally reported to be the one slated to get Greeley’s job, per Jeff Cox of SB Nation, but some hiccups along the way made that difficult. Mike McMahon of College Hockey News tweeted that “Young was said to be the man in line for Greeley’s vacant spot as soon as it opened. Small hurdle with admin, not major, & now official” and added that the “issue was that he doesn’t have a degree. Left BU after 2 yrs.”

O’Connell and Young joined the Terriers last summer but had spent their college hockey careers with BU as well. O’Connell played for the scarlet and white from 1995-99 and captained the team during its 1998-99 season. Young skated for BU for two seasons from 1985-87 before leaving to begin his 17-season NHL career that included two Stanley Cup championships and three Olympic appearances.

Prior to returning to BU, O’Connell served as an assistant coach around the region, including stints with Harvard (2011-14), Northeastern (2008-11), Merrimack (2007-08), Holy Cross (2006-07) and Niagara (2004-06). And after Young hung up his skates, he was the head coach at the St. Mark’s School from 2010-14.

New York Rangers formally name Steve Greeley as Assistant Director of Player Personnel

Confirming reports from Tuesday and Wednesday, the New York Rangers officially announced Thursday that Boston University associate head coach Steve Greeley will become the Rangers’ Assistant Director of Player Personnel.

BU has not announced a replacement, though a report from Mike McMahon of College Hockey News says current Director of Hockey Operations Scott Young is expected to be named to the position.

The Terriers tweeted out good wishes for Greeley on Thursday morning:

Reports: Steve Greeley to leave BU, join New York Rangers scouting staff

Boston University associate head coach Steve Greeley is expected to depart BU and accept a scouting position with the New York Rangers of the NHL, according to Jeff Cox of SB Nation.

UPDATE on Wednesday, 12:40 p.m.: Several reports are indicating that Greeley’s new job will include a front-office position.

Mike McMahon of College Hockey News reports that current Director of Hockey Operations Scott Young is expected to take Greeley’s position.

Greeley, who played at BU from 2000-04, became associate head coach in 2013, replacing Mike Bavis. Six years prior to that, Greeley was a scout for the Los Angeles Kings. Greeley has been widely praised for his recruiting ability, and is responsible for several of the pieces that helped guide BU to a spot in the national championship game last season.

This story is still developing, so we’ll update this post as more information becomes available. Stay tuned.

Charlie Coyle happy to be back at BU for Comm Ave Charity Classic

It’s been three-and-a-half years since Charlie Coyle left the Boston University men’s hockey team midseason to pursue his professional career, but it doesn’t change how much his time at BU meant to him.

“Everyone has their own path, the way they want to go,” he said. “That’s the path I chose, and I enjoyed my time here. It was awesome, it was my dream school to come here, and the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do was to leave here.”

Growing up in Weymouth, Coyle watched a few games at Walter Brown Arena and dreamed of suiting up for the Terriers. He never hit the ice in the historic rink for a game during his collegiate career, but he got the chance to in the first annual Comm Ave Charity Classic to benefit Compassionate Care ALS on Friday night.

Coyle, along with 17 other BU alums, 18 Boston College alums and a few special guests, took part in a game that pitted old rivals against each other to help raise awareness and over $55,000 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

“You want to help out as much as you can, so I think when every guy got the text, they wanted to play today, kind of jumped at the opportunity and they’re happy to do it,” Coyle said.

The Minnesota Wild forward netted a hat trick in the process and guided BU to a 7-5 win over the Eagles. And though the game was just for fun, Coyle said the intensity of the BC-BU rivalry never wanes.

“I think it goes as long as you live,” Coyle said. “You see those guys wherever you go in life, and you always come back to BC-BU … Everyone kind of knows each other, but once you’re on the ice and you’re playing, BC-BU, it’s a whole different story and it’s just a huge rivalry. It’s competitive, and that’s what makes it such a cool tradition, so I was fortunate to be a part of it and be part of it again tonight.”

He also reiterated just how much being a member of the Terriers contributed to him becoming the player and professional he is today.

“Coming to BU helped me tremendously,” Coyle said. “Like I said, it’s where I wanted to go, where I wanted to come my whole life and being here, being coached by Jack Parker and playing with some of these guys behind me, it was awesome. I made a lot of friends, became a better player and it’s helped me at the professional level. Work outs … everything, everything, the school, just everything.”

Scott Young feels not so young

For BU, roster spots on Friday night weren’t as readily filled with current NHL talent as those of its BC counterparts. Some had a prior commitment, as former Terrier Brandon Yip’s wedding is this weekend.

But what the scarlet and white lacked in that area, they made up for with veteran talent, including the likes of former BU standout and ex-NHLer Scott Young.

Currently the Director of Hockey Operations for the Terriers, Young won the Stanley Cup on two occasions — once with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and again with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996. He also donned the red, white and blue for Team USA in three Olympic Games and served as the head coach of St. Marks School in Southborough from 2010 until he returned to BU in 2014. The forward has collected various other accolades in his hockey career, including Hockey East Rookie of the Year in 1986, and racked up 756 career points in 1,186 NHL games.

It seems even after all this time, Young’s still got it.

“Young was the best guy on the ice,” said former BU goaltender Anthony Moccia after his team’s win. “He was talking before, about all, ‘oh, I’m out of shape’ — yeah, right, Coach!”

At one point in the game Friday, Young was exiting the defensive zone and a teammate tried to get the puck up to him to start a rush.

“He tried to lob it over my shoulder, and I ducked so it could land in front of me and I could skate into it,” Young said. “It landed on my shoulder, and kind of hung there for a little bit. It was kind of awkward.”