Saturday, July 11, 2015
BC Alumni Skate in Comm Ave Charity Classic; Hanifin Signs with Hurricanes
So far it’s been a busy hockey weekend concerning former Boston College players.
On Friday, the inaugural Comm Ave Charity Classic was held at Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena and raised $55,200 to benefit the Compassionate Care ALS Foundation.
The event was largely the brainchild of former BC players Pat Mullane and Andrew Orpik, and was held in honor of former BC football player Ron Perryman, BC baseball player Pete Frates, BC sports information director Dick Kelley and all those affected by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Current and former professional players from both BC and BU such as Johnny Gaudreau, Chris Kreider, Cory Schneider, Jay Pandolfo, and Charlie Coyle faced off on Commonwealth Avenue, along with NHL Hall of Famer Ray Bourque. Coyle tallied a hat trick in BU’s 7-5 victory.
In other news, former BC defenseman Brendan Buckley has accepted an assistant coaching job at the University of Connecticut. Buckley skated for the Eagles from 1995 to 1999, and then played eight seasons in the American Hockey League and four years in Europe.
Finally, Noah Hanifin, who started as a 17-year-old freshman at BC last season, will not return to Chestnut Hill after signing with the Carolina Hurricanes earlier today. Hanifin was the fifth overall selection, and the first blueliner, at the NHL Entry Draft last month in Florida. He tallied five goals and 23 points in 37 outings during the 2014-15 campaign.