Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Senior Week: Matt Ronan

This is the first in a series of posts about BU's 2014 Senior Class. Be on the lookout for a new post each day, culminating with captains Pat MacGregor and Garrett Noonan at the end of the week.

                                                                               Photo by Michelle Jay/DFP staff

From the first time he laced up the skates, Matt Ronan was always destined to be a Terrier.

Prior to the 2010-2011 hockey season, Ronan was considering his junior league options when he learned he could walk-on to the hockey team at Boston University. The decision was an as easy one for the lifelong Terrier. As he told us in our exclusive interview in 2012,  Ronan was part of the Terrier hockey family for "as long as he could remember."  His cousin Ed Ronan graduated from BU the year after he was born and his brother Dan later played for legendary BU coach Jack Parker as well. 

Ronan attended Belmont Hill High School and put up solid numbers in his senior season( 9-10-19). He then moved on to the Valley Jr. Warriors of the Eastern Junior Hockey League where he tallied 12 points (6 goals and 6 assists) in 39 games. Ronan was a freshman on the 2010-2011 BU hockey team and saw his first action in the IceBreaker Championship victory over Notre Dame. Ronan was an even +/- on the night as he played RW alongside classmate Sahir Gill and sophomore Justin Courtnall.

During his sophomore season Matt became known as the "BOD," short for "Best Offensive Defenseman," as he took to playing both forward and defense in practice. Sahir Gill brought the nickname to light in our interview with him in 2012. Ronan lined up on defense for the first time in his Terrier career on February 3rd vs the Merrimack Warriors. Matt surprised many fans as he filled in effectively for an injured Max Nicastro. 

Ronan continued to see more ice time as he progressed through BU. He saw 5 games as a junior during the 2012-2013 season and tallied his first career collegiate point vs Northeastern on March 9 as he assisted on a Sahir Gill goal.  He was also a +1 on the year for the Terriers. 

* Ronan's assist is on the 5th goal for the Terriers

Ronan's senior season saw the BOD take on an increased role for the Terriers and first year head coach David Quinn. Matt played in 23 contests for the Terriers recording another assist on December 6th at Merrimack. He made a great pinch on the play that kept the puck in the zone and directly lead to a Tommy Kelley goal. Ronan would later tally his first career goal in a game vs UMass Lowell on February 7. It was a great moment for Ronan and well deserved. His goal also was the tying goal in the game and gave the Terriers a league point against a tough opponent. 

*Ronan's assist is at 0:50 of the highlight video

Matt will graduate with a degree in Communications from BU in May (hopefully...just kidding. The BOD will get the job done come finals time). He'll then continue his hockey career as a coach for the Boston Jr Rangers alongside his older brother Dan. We certainly wish Matt the best as he moves on from his days here at BU. He was a pleasure to interview and interact with outside the rink. Best of luck man!

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