Thursday, April 4, 2013

Senior Week: Captain Wade Megan- The Hero from Canton

This is the sixth and final part in a series of posts about BU's 2013 Senior Class. Be on the lookout for a new post each day, culminating with Wade Megan on Friday. You can read part one on Ryan Ruikka here,  part two on Ryan Santana here, part three on Sean Escobedo here,  part four on Jake Moscatel here and part five on Ben Rosen here.

                                                                                     Copyright: Bart Hanlon, Flickr

Captain Wade Megan did everything a coach, fan, or anyone else could have asked for during his time as a Terrier. The 5th round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in 2009 was an extraordinary leader as an upperclassman while also picking up the level of his own play significantly from his freshman and sophomore campaigns. Megan came to BU from the South Kent School in Connecticut via Canton, NY. He had scored 106 points in 2 prep seasons before arriving at BU in 2009-2010. Megan arrived in a class that may not be the most highly touted class ever, but it very well may be the hardest working, greasiest class to come through BU in many years. Megan, who is the self-proclaimed "king of greasy goals", would find his niche as a guy who could bang home a rebound at any time.

He quickly saw regular playing time as he was dressed for 35 games as a freshman. He piled up 12 points on a 5-7-12 line.  He recorded his first point in his first game played and recorded his first goal in a game against Merrimack in November. The highlight of his freshman year would have to be scoring the game-winning goal over BC at Fenway Park. 

Megan would continue to develop as a sophomore where he recorded 13 points where he potted 8 goals and dished out 5 more assists. He also played in all 39 games for the Terriers and began to find some consistency to his game. Megan was continuing to develop but still did not make a huge jump on the score sheet, as many fans were hoping. He would continue to work hard as always and came back strong for the 2011-2012 season.

Megan answered the bell in a dramatic way for his junior season. He would go on to record 29 points including a team-leading 20 goals. He seemed to have a knack for finding rebounds and putting them away. He would score goal #20 in a NCAA tournament game vs Minnesota. Megan played all 39 games once again his junior season and was named captain at the end of the year. He had stepped up when other teammates went down with injuries and was a great choice at captain as everyone would find out. 

Wade Megan would be the last captain in the 40 year career of legendary coach Jack Parker. Coach Parker would go on to say how glad he was to go out with this senior class, especially Megan. Megan's play did not disappoint this past season as he matched his career high with 29 points with the help of another 16 goals which was good for a t2nd on the team in that category. He was a steadying presence on the top line with Cason Hohmann and Sahir Gill. He seemed to always score the big goal that the team needed and was the physical power forward that his line needed to go with skilled playmakers Hohmann and Gill. 

Wade Megan was more important to this team the past two years than the 36 goals and 59 total points. His value goes way beyond the scoresheet. He the leader and heart and soul of this team. As Megan went, so went the Terriers. Whether it was from answering questions teary eyed following the Beanpot loss to Northeastern, to being the last guy off the ice with Coach Parker after the Hockey East Championship, Megan was always there for to answer the bell. He answered the tough questions from the media and was always there to be the face of BU hockey. He always came to work every shift and leaves BU as a fan favorite and team leader. We really can't say enough about the captain. He was everything you want in a leader on and off the ice. We wish him the best of luck with ATO with the Florida Panthers organization. We know he will continue to represent BU proud wherever he goes. Thanks for 4 great years Captain Megan.

You gotta change Jayne to Wade but besides that it applies.

Because Wade loves E Church and we love E Church

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