Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Former BC Forward Boyle Diagnosed with Leukemia

New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle (Boston College) has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, according to He will undergo medical treatment for his condition, and expects to play the upcoming season.

The 6-foot-7 Boyle, who ended last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs after previous NHL stints with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, has tallied 93 goals and 76 assists for 169 points, and also has 488 penalty minutes, in 624 career NHL regular-season games. He has also posted 15-13—28 points in 106 Stanley Cup Playoff outings, and has twice played in the Stanley Cup Final (2014, 2015). A native of Hingham, Mass., he signed with New Jersey as a free agent this off-season.

Boyle, 32, skated four seasons at BC (2003-2007) and notched 65-75—140 points in 159 appearances. He also helped the Eagles to five Hockey East regular-season or tournament titles, four NCAA Tournament berths, three NCAA Frozen Fours, and two NCAA title game appearances (2006, 2007). He earned Second Team All-America accolades as a junior, and was a First Team All-America selection as a senior.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Boeser Scores Three Times as NHL Preseason Begins

The 2017-18 NHL season got underway, exhibition-wise, on Saturday night as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the host Los Angeles Kings, 4-3, in overtime in the league's preseason opener. Brock Boeser (North Dakota) tallied the game-winner with 22 seconds remaining in the sudden-death session.

Boeser won an NCAA national title as a freshman with North Dakota in 2016. He added two more goals, plus an assist, on Sunday at home as the Canucks fell, 9-4, to the NHL's newest expansion entry, the Vegas Knights, in a game dominated by young players on both rosters.

Alex Tuch (Boston College) tallied Vegas' fifth goal Sunday, on a power play, while Paul Thompson (New Hampshire) closed out the scoring for the Knights late in the third period. Richard Bachman (Colorado College) took the loss in goal for Vancouver, stopping 13 of 18 shots in playing the first 28 minutes. Thatcher Demko (Boston College) mopped up the rest of regulation for the Canucks, and finished with 16 saves on 20 shots.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dumoulin Story Now Up at

Brian Dumoulin may not be able to win any more NCAA championships — but he might not yet be done claiming Stanley Cups.
A defenseman from Biddeford, Maine, who helped Boston College to two national titles, Dumoulin won his second Stanley Cup in June when his Pittsburgh Penguins outlasted the Nashville Predators in a six-game final.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Sixteen Years Later

In your prayers and recollections today, please remember Mark Bavis (Boston University '93), who was lost on United #175 on 9/11 on his way to training camp as a scout for the NHL's Los Angeles Kings. He was 31 years old. Rest in peace, Mark.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Hayton Transferring to Wisconsin

Kyle Hayton's career at St. Lawrence is over. His tenure at Wisconsin is just beginning.

Hayton, who backstopped the Saints the past three years as their No. 1 goaltender, has graduated from SLU with a bachelor's degree, and has been cleared to transfer to Wisconsin where he will now backstop the Badgers while also working on his MBA. St. Lawrence does not offer an MBA program among its graduate academic offerings.

A Denver native, Hayton fashioned a 54-37-13 record over 104 career games at SLU, to go with 13 shutouts, according to He also complied career a 2.09 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.

A product of Sioux City (USHL) and Shattuck St. Mary's prior to enrolling at SLU, Hayton earned Second Team All-America accolades as a junior under new SLU head coach Mark Morris, after going 16-12-7 in 35 outings (2.28, .929, 5 SO). He backstopped the Saints to a fourth-place regular-season finish in the ECAC, and played his final game for SLU in a 3-2 loss against Quinnipiac on March 12 in the deciding contest of a best-of-three ECAC Tournament quarterfinal series.

As a freshman in 2014-15, Hayton won 20 games and posted five shutouts, and was named ECAC Rookie of the Year, Second Team All ECAC, and ECAC All-Rookie Team. He also guided the Saints to the ECAC Tournament semifinals in Lake Placid his first two seasons, where they fell by a goal each time.

Hayton, who has not been drafted by an NHL club, is expected to be in net for the Badgers on Oct. 27-28 when the Saints visit Wisconsin for two non-conference contests. The Badgers went 20-15-1 overall last season in their first campaign under head coach Tony Granato. Wisconsin finished second in the Big Ten Conference, qualified for the Big Ten championship game in Detroit, and came within a double-overtime goal of making the NCAA Tournament.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Denver's Butcher to Join Devils

Will Butcher is going from Denver to the Devils.
The 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner as the top player in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey this past season, Butcher has signed a two-year contract with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils worth approximately $925,000, as reported at A Wisconsin native who was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round in 2013 just before enrolling at the University of Denver, he eschewed his drafting club to sign with New Jersey as a free agent.

Butcher scored seven goals and added 30 assists for a career-high 37 points in 43 outings in 2016-17 as Denver won its eighth NCAA hockey championship overall, and first since 2005. He also earned All-America honors on defense for the second consecutive season. In 158 career appearances with the Pioneers from 2013 to 2017, Butcher registered 28-75—103 points, including 15 power-play goals and four game-winners, according to, and helped DU to four NCAA Tournament appearances. He prepped with the U.S. National Team Development Program for two seasons prior to joining the Pioneers.
Alexander Kerfoot of Harvard, a forward who was drafted by the Devils in the fifth round in 2012, has instead signed with the Avalanche as a free agent. Kerfoot, who last year captained the Crimson to its first NCAA Frozen Four appearance since 1994, recorded career highs of 16-30—46 points and eight power-play goals in 37 contests as Harvard claimed both the ECAC regular-season and tournament titles. He finished with 36 goals and 124 points in 122 career games, and also helped Harvard to three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths over his final three campaigns.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

UND's Stafford Signs with Devils

Veteran NHL right wing Drew Stafford (North Dakota) signed a one-year contract with the New Jersey Devils on Friday, according to The deal was reportedly for $800,000.

Stafford, 31, skated for both the Winnipeg Jets and Boston Bruins last season, notching eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points in 58 games. In 725 career NHL regular-season contests, including nine campaigns with the Buffalo Sabres, he has tallied 183-217—400 points.

A Milwaukee native who grew up in Minnesota, the 6-foot-2 Stafford was a first-round NHL selection (13th overall) of Buffalo in 2004. He played three collegiate seasons at UND from 2003 to 2006, where he tallied 48-67—115 points in 118 outings. He also helped the Fighting Sioux to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including two straight Frozen Four berths.