Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Terrier Hockey Offseason Recap

A lot has happened in the last month or so of the offseason of BU hockey with more still to come later this summer.

1. Now former Terrier goalie Matt O'Connor has had a busy month of May as he has graduated from BU(in 3 years) and signed a two year entry level deal with the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa always seemed like the favorite for the Toronto native as he could go there and compete for playing time right away as well as play somewhere close to his family. Congrats to Matt on his new deal and best of luck moving forward.

2. Charlie Coyle, Nick Bonino and Jack Eichel showed the world what BU hockey was about at the World Championships. All three Terriers played pivotal roles on a team that took home Bronze over in Prague. It was certainly great to see them all contribute and help lead their country to a medal. Eichel definitely proved that he belongs with NHL talent throughout this tournament. This doesn't mean it's a sure thing he is leaving BU since there is NHL talent throughout the BU roster but no fan with a functional brain can fault him if he did leave for the NHL.

3. BU received commitments from Brady Tkachuk and Max Prawdzik. Tkachuk is the youngest son of former Terrier and NHL star Keith Tkachuk. He is slated to play for the USNTDP the next few seasons and will most likely arrive on Comm Ave in 2017. He was drafted by the London Knights of the OHL where his older brother just committed to play but it appears that many people believe he will keep his commitment to play for the Terriers. Prawdzik will be arriving at BU this fall to join the competition in net along with sophomore Connor LaCouvee and redshirt junior Sean Maguire. It will be an open competition in net as none of the goalies have started regularly at the NCAA level. Maguire has the most experience and would be the favorite in my eyes but it all depends how well he recovers from taking a full year off.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Senior Series Post #3: Evan Rodrigues

This is the third and final of our senior series posts for this season. You can read Cason Hohmann's here and Anthony Moccia's here.

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Evan Rodrigues is a great hockey player in every aspect of the game. He could have played any position on the ice at any given time besides maybe goalie and been successful doing so. Rodrigues racked up an impressive 121 points in his playing career including 61 this past season which was good for second in the nation. "Erod" has come so far from his freshman campaign where he struggled to adjust to the pace of the college game at first as most freshman not named Jack Eichel do. The thing I remember most from Rodrigues' freshman year is him making one of his patented spin moves to deke out a D but then he would lose an edge or lose the puck and the play wouldn't finish developing. The difference between those days and now is huge. David Quinn called Rodrigues the smartest hockey player he has ever coached and he demonstrated his faith in him with ice time distribution. Rodrigues played the point on the powerplay and even took some draws as a dman with penalties expiring throughout the year no matter what zone the draw was in. Rodrigues is a complete hockey player with a large amount of talent that has only grown with hard work over his four years at BU.

 As a member of a 3 man freshman class, which would fall to 2 once Alexx Privitera left the program at the end of their sophomore year, There was tremendous pressure on both Rodrigues and fellow assistant captain Cason Hohmann to produce for this team the last two seasons. There are very few college hockey teams that can succeed without getting much production from a class especially your seniors(just ask Jerry York this past season). Rodrigues and Hohmann were counted for both leadership and production and they brought a lot of both.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Senior Series Post #2 Cason Hohmann

This is the second Senior Series post. You can read the first one on Anthony Moccia here.

Cason Hohmann gave 110% on every shift for his four years at Boston University. That is fact not opinion.  Hohmann was the heart and soul of this year's team along with fellow senior Evan Rodrigues. Hohmann put up 92 points in his career for the Terriers and it felt like he hit 92 posts too. He may have been snakebitten at times but he never let that affect his effort level. Hohmann was always going as hard as possible for the Terriers whether he was  healthy or playing through a shoulder injury that seemed to plague him throughout his career.

                                                    Photo by Maya Devereaux/Daily Free Press

The smallest forward on the team never let his size or lack thereof be an excuse or define what type of player he would be. He was not afraid to block a shot or dig out pucks in the corner. He was not afraid to take a hit to make a play. He was a very underrated playmaker and it showed this year as he was the one constant on the second line. He played with Evan Rodrigues, Ahti Oksanen, JJ Piccinich, AJ Greer, Robbie Baillargeon, and Nik Olsson during the year. All of those guys produced when they played with him. That isn't by accident. He is a great offensive player and an even better back checker/penalty killer.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Senior Series Post #1 : Anthony Moccia

This is the first of our senior series posts where we recognize each member of this year's senior class.

                                                 Photo by Maya Devereaux/Daily Free Press

It's not that often that multiple head coaches and 5 years of teammates have such high praise for their third goalie but not many people never mind third goalies are as great as Anthony Moccia. Moccia went relatively unnoticed his freshman year as he served the practice goalie for the Terriers in 2010-2011. He was bumped up to the roster his sophomore year after the graduation of Adam Kraus. Moccia would dress in 26 games on the NCAA tournament bound 2011-2012 Terriers. Moccia dressed for 20 more games his junior season and also would be elected to the Hockey East All Academic team. He would repeat this feat his senior season as well as make his game debut against the hipsters from UVM. Moccia would come back for an additional season as he completed a 5 year bachelors/masters degree in health sciences. This past season Moccia was often leaned on as an emotional leader as well as the two appearances he made in the regular season finale and HE quarterfinals.

Guest Post: The Importance of Captain Gryz's return

Editor's note: This is the first  guest post that we have received this offseason. We will post basically anything that people submit because we are a blog of the people(unless it is pro BC or anti-BU) so feel free to submit a post about anything you feel like you want to talk about. If it's a pro-BC post, we will just change your words and make fun of you so I wouldn't recommend doing that. Thank you to Jacob Reiser who submitted this post.

Despite a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA finals, Terriers captain Matt Grzelyck already has his sights set on the future, and it does not involve him wearing black and gold just yet. Obviously it hurts to lose but I’m going to be motivated more than ever to come back stronger next season,” Grzelyck remarked postgame. “Obviously we had a great year and now we have to build off it.”

 Many people already know the Terrier defenseman’s story due to his tremendous success this season, but I’ll repeat it for emphasis. Gryz grew up a stone’s throw away from TD Garden, his dad working as a member of the bull gang that turns over Celtics and Bruins games. If there was open ice, Gryz’s dad would let him come down and skate, and boy, could he skate. After suffering a season-ending injury during a practice in January of his sophomore year, he came back with a vengeance, scoring 10 goals, including the OT winner at the Beanpot, and tallying 28 assists.