Thursday, March 13, 2014

Senior Week: Captain Patrick "Truck" MacGregor

This is the third in a series of posts about BU's 2014 senior class. Be on the lookout for a new post each day, culminating with captain Garrett Noonan at the end of the week. You can find Matt Ronan's post here and Jake Moscatel's post here

                                                 Photo Credit to Michelle Jay/Daily Free Press

Patrick "Truck" MacGregor came to BU  as a late addition to the 2010 freshmen class when Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen made the decision to go pro after their junior seasons. He will leave BU a respected leader and BU hockey captain both on and off the ice.

MacGregor committed to BU in the spring of 2010 due to the above mentioned departures. He had 3 goals and 18 assists for Avon Old Farms, which won a New England Prep Championship in 2010 with MacGregor holding down the defensive end of the ice. He also contributed offensively as he had two assists in the championship game(a 4-1 win). MacGregor and fellow co-captain Garrett Noonan were given the difficult task of coming and "replacing" Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen who both went to on to play professionally while Shattenkirk made the US Olympic team this past winter. While they were not thrusted into their roles right away it was not an easy task at hand. While as a freshman, Macgregor was asked to do less than he would be asked in later seasons, he still contributed an assist, his first collegiate point, in 13 games played throughout the year. He provided depth throughout the season and fought his way into the lineup for 10 important league contests.

MacGregor made a big jump in his development from freshman to sophomore year and saw an increased role because of it. MacGregor saw action in 36 games, registering 3 assist to go with a +9 rating on a NCAA tournament team. Mac continued his steady play his junior year as he appeared in 30 games and contributed 2 assists in the Hockey East playoffs along with 4 assists during the regular season.  He recorded 4 assists once again in 35 games played his senior season as he was one of 4 Terriers to play in all 35 games. His senior year was his best as he was asked to play a top 4 dman role on a young team often with a young defenseman as his d-partner more often than not. MacGregor was a great defensive guy who covered for other guys' mistakes and allowed the more offensive minded dmen to jump into the rush knowing MacGregor would stay home to protect against the odd man rush.

 He also was very disciplined for a defensman of his size. He could have very easily lead the team or the league in penalty minutes but he was very smart and picked his spots to overly physical defensively. That is key to a successful team as you must know the line between physical and taking dumb penalties. Mac is a great example for the younger defensemen, especially with Coach Quinn's hatred strong dislike for penalties.

While MacGregor may not wow you on the scoresheet, he was a major contributor to this program as a defensive defenseman and also as a leader and captain this past season. Every game, MacGregor lead the pre-game huddle around the net and was a steadying force for a team with over 75% underclassmen. He played in 30 + games in each of the past three seasons and was as steady as they come for a defenseman. MacGregor will graduate from BU this coming May and whether he decided to continue his hockey career, get into coaching, or use his degree in the working world, we wish him all the best. He will certainly be missed both on and off the ice next season.

                                              Photo Credit to Matt Dressens/ BU hockey blog



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