Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Three Tigers Make Preseason 2018-19 ECAC Hockey Team


Three Princeton University seniors were named to the 2018-19 ECAC Hockey All-League Team, as reported on the league website.

Princeton forward Max Véronneau joined longtime linemate Ryan Kuffner up front, while defenseman Josh Teves was chosen on the blueline. Véronneau finished second among all NCAA Division I men's hockey players last season with 55 points, while Kuffner set a new single-season Princeton standard by scoring 29 goals. Teves led all NCAA Division I defensemen last season with 1.06 points per game, notching 33 points in 31 outings, while all three players helped the Tigers to their first ECAC Hockey Championship and automatic NCAA Tournament berth since 2008.

Rounding out the preseason All-League Team was Yale University senior forward Joe Snively, Harvard University junior defenseman Adam Fox, and Cornell University sophomore goaltender Matthew Galajda. Cornell also topped both the preseason ECAC Hockey media and coaches polls as the projected top team in the conference for the upcoming campaign, while Princeton was tabbed for second place in both polls.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Boston College Men's Hockey 2018-19 Schedule


Boston College is always the last school to release it's Division I ice hockey schedules. Here's what the men's team should face this season (subject to change):

BOSTON COLLEGE MEN'S HOCKEY 2018-19 SCHEDULE

Oct.  6       NEW BRUNSWICK (Exhibition)
Oct. 12       @ Wisconsin
Oct. 13       @ Wisconsin
Oct. 19       @ Quinnipiac
Oct. 25       ST. CLOUD STATE

Nov.  2       @ Merrimack *
Nov.  3       MERRIMACK *
Nov.  8       VERMONT *
Nov.  9       VERMONT *
Nov. 16       @ New Hampshire *
Nov. 23       BENTLEY
Nov. 30       @ Boston University *

Dec.  1       BOSTON UNIVERSITY *
Dec.  6       @ Connecticut * (Hartford, CT)
Dec.  7       CONNECTICUT *
Dec. 31       @ Notre Dame

Jan.  4       @ Arizona State
Jan.  5       @ Arizona State
Jan. 11       PROVIDENCE * 
Jan. 12       @ New Hampshire *
Jan. 17       MAINE * 
Jan. 19       PROVIDENCE *
Jan. 25       UMASS LOWELL *
Jan. 26       @ UMass Lowell *

Feb.  1       @ Connecticut * (Hartford, CT)
Feb.  4       Harvard $
Feb.  8       @ UMass Lowell *
Feb. 11       BU/Northeastern $
Feb. 15       @ Massachusetts *
Feb. 16       MASSACHUSETTS *
Feb. 22       @ Maine *
Feb. 23       @ Maine *

Mar.  1       NORTHEASTERN *
Mar.  2       @ Northeastern *
Mar.  7       @ Providence *
Mar. 14-16    HEA First Round
Mar. 22       HEA Semifinals (Boston, MA)
Mar. 23       HEA Championship (Boston, MA)
Mar. 29-31    NCAA Regionals #

Apr.  11      NCAA Semifinals (Buffalo, NY)
Apr.  13      NCAA Championship (Buffalo, NY)


Home games at Kelley Rink in CAPS
* Hockey East conference game
$ Beanpot Tournament (Boston, MA)
 Allentown, PA/Fargo, ND/Manchester, NH/Providence

Saturday, August 18, 2018

BC's Santini Re-Signs with Devils


Steven Santini (Boston College) has signed a new three-year contract with the New Jersey Devils. The average annual value of the contract, according to newjerseydevils.com, is just over $1,416,666.

A 6-foot-2 defenseman from Bronxville, N.Y., Santini split last year between New Jersey and Binghamton (AHL). He posted two goals and eight assists for 10 points in 36 games with the parent Devils. In 75 career NHL games, he has notched 4-1317 points, and has also recorded 3-58 points in 47 AHL outings with Binghamton/Albany.

Santini, 23, turned pro after helping BC to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four and also earning Hockey East's Best Defensive Defenseman accolades that year. In three seasons with the Eagles, he registered 5-3035 points and 122 penalty minutes in 98 appearances, and also represented the U.S. at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Prior to enrolling at BC, Santini played two seasons with the U.S. National Development Team, and after skating with New York Apple Core (EJHL).

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

BU's Tkachuk Signs with Senators


The Ottawa Senators have announced that they have signed forward Brady Tkachuk (Boston University) to a three-year entry-level contract. Tkachuk will thus forgo his final three years at BU.

Tkachuk, 18, a 6-foot-3 native of St. Louis, tallied eight goals and 23 assists for 31 points last season as a freshman as the Terriers won the Hockey East Tournament and advanced to within one game of the NCAA Frozen Four. The Senators then drafted him fourth overall at the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas.

The son of retired NHL player Keith Tkachuk, who also played one year at BU, and the younger brother of Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, Brady Tkachuk played two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development program prior to enrolling at BU. He was also a member of the bronze-medal U.S. squad at the 2018 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.



Sunday, August 12, 2018

Larkin Re-Signs, Berenson Earns Latest Honor

Two former University of Michigan players made headlines over the weekendone an up-and-comer, and the other a living legend.

Dylan Larkin, who played one season with the Wolverines before turning pro, has signed a five-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. A restricted free agent, Larkin, 22, will receive an average of $6.1 million per season, according to NHL.com. Drafted 15th overall by Detroit in 2014, the Waterford, Mich. native has notched 56 goals and 84 assists for 140 points in 242 regular-season appearances over three full NHL campaigns, all with Detroit. He registered 15-3247 points in 35 outings with U-M in 2014-15, his lone year in Ann Arbor and the inaugural season of the current Big Ten Conference.

Longtime Michigan head coach Gordon "Red" Berenson, who manned the Wolverines for 33 seasons and also won two NCAA Division I titles at the U-M helm, will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in December. The Regina, Sask. native starred at Michigan as a forward before going on to play in the NHL from 1962 to 1978. He later coached the St. Louis Blues for three seasons.

Berenson guided his alma mater from 1984 to 2017, and recorded an 848-426-92 overall mark with the Wolverines while winning national titles in both 1996 and 1998. He also led the Maize and Blue to 10 Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular season championships, nine CCHA Tournament crowns, one Big Ten tournament title, and 22 consecutive NCAA Tournament berths from 1991 to 2012.

Also, in late July, Michigan defenseman Quinn Hughes announced he will return to U-M for his sophomore season. Drafted seventh overall by the Vancouver Canucks in June, the Orlando, Fla. native earned 2017-18 Big Ten All-Freshman Team accolades in collecting 5-2429 points in 37 games as a rookie, while also helping the Wolverines to the NCAA Frozen Four.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

BC's Dennehy, Buckley Move On



Two former Boston College players have moved on in the coaching ranks, one professionally and one in college.

Mark Dennehy (BC'91), who led Merrimack College as head coach from 2004 until earlier this year, is the new head coach of the Binghamton (NY) Devils of the American Hockey League, the top minor-league affiliate of the NHL's New Jersey Devils.  Dennehy, 50, who helped BC to three NCAA Tournaments as a defenseman (1989-1990-1991) and has also coached collegiately at Princeton and Massachusetts, had just joined Wheeling (ECHL) as head coach in June.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, Wheeling's parent NHL club, gave New Jersey permission to talk to Dennehy, and he leaves Wheeling without ever coaching a game for the ECHL's Nailers. A native of Dorchester, Mass., Dennehy led Merrimack to an NCAA Tournament berth and a No. 1 national ranking in 2011.

Brendan Buckley (BC'99) has returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach after three seasons as an assistant at Hockey East rival Connecticut. A fifth-round selection of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 1996, Buckley played on the BC blueline from 1995 to 1999, and helped the Eagles to consecutive NCAA Frozen Fours as a junior and senior while accumulating 39 points and 306 penalty minutes in 158 career games. He went on on to skate in 569 career AHL regular-season contests, and also played in Germany and Italy before retiring as a player in 2011.

A native of Needham, Mass., Buckley, 41, succeeds former Eagles associate coach Greg Brown, who left the Heights last month after 14 years on the BC bench to join the NHL's New York Rangers.