Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Captain Candidates
Due to the coaching change in BU hockey this offseason, the captains of next year's squad was not named at the Friends of Hockey Banquet this past weekend as is typically done. Retiring coach Jack Parker said that he thought this should be something incoming coach David Quinn should decide. Quinn will be arriving on campus once the Colorado Avalanche's season ends this week. Quinn will have plenty of work to do right away as he needs to finish up his recruiting class for next season and get to know his team as summer workouts begin. We have been told that he has stated that he isn't firing any members of the staff so it would seem that both assistant coaches, Buddy Power and Mike Bavis, are welcome back as part of his staff next season. One would assume volunteer goalie coach Mike Geragosian would also be welcome back with open arms considering the work he has done with goalies over the years.
Quinn will most likely listen to what his staff and the players say about each other when considering his choices but we figured we would break it down and make a case for each of the upperclassmen. There are guys who will be favored over others but there are no bad choices in this group. This is according to our completely unbiased opinions and no knowledge of what happens off the ice. All of the guys listed below will be leaders next year. These are just our guesses for captains. You can vote yourself on the right in our current poll.
1. Garrett Noonan- Noonan is the only returning captain from last season's team. He wore an "A" for the second half of last season. He is always one of the most passionate players for the Terriers and would be a great fit to fill a leadership role again next season. I would go as far to say he is a lock to wear some type of letter despite the coaching change. He came back to his school and team when he had an opportunity to go pro this past spring. That dedication to the program and leadership should be rewarded with a C or A when those decisions are made.
2. Sahir Gill- Gill is another senior who has filled a top 6 forward role in each of the last two seasons. He is crucial killing penalties and will be a guy this team relies on for some scoring next season. He has always come across as a team-first guy to us and I would give him a good chance to wear a letter.
3. Jake Moscatel- "Mosky" returns for his second senior year since he did not play in a game during his junior season. He has developed into a fan favorite and grinder out on the ice. He really gave the team a spark when he hit the ice this past season. The fans certainly wouldn't be disappointed to see him wearing a letter for the team next year.
4. Matt Ronan- The "Bod" returns for his senior year and while he hasn't seen the most ice time in his class, he certainly has been a model citizen for the squad and appears to be well liked among his peers. He certainly will be a valuable leader for the underclassmen whether he wears a letter or not.
5. Anthony Moccia- Moccia has been the third goalie for the past two seasons and been a member of the team for all 3 seasons. It is pretty rare for goalies to wear letters in hockey in general so I wouldn't expect it to happen but you never know what characteristics Coach Quinn will value in his captains.
6. Pat MacGregor- Mac has been a key contributer for all 3 of his seasons so far on D. He provides a physical spark out there and is destined to pot that first career goal this season. I would not be shocked at all to see "Truck" get a letter on next year's squad.
7. Cason Hohmann- Hohmann shared the team's Most Improved Award for his big jump in play from freshman to his sophomore campaign. He is an example to all of the guys to what a difference a hard-working summer can make. "Texas Toast" will be a leader on next year's squad and will wear a letter his senior year even if he doesn't this season.
8. Evan Rodrigues - Rodrigues will be right there with Hohmann as a candidate to his increased level of play as well. Rodrigues and his sniper shot really improved during his sophomore campaign. He will be on the top two lines once again next year and is a great candidate for captain or assistant captain.
9. Alexx Privitera- Privitera is one of the most emotional players on the team and leaves it all out on the ice. If Coach Quinn puts them together on a defensive pairing next year, they will be the best d-pair in the country. There is no doubt about that. Privitera lead the team in block shots for most of the season as well and seems destined to lead the team again next season. His emotion lead to a suspension at the end of the year but, I would expect that he has learned from that and will only be a better player and leader next season.