Tuesday, September 25, 2018

BC's Gionta Retires as NHL Player

Brian Gionta (Boston College) has called it a career after 16 NHL campaigns.

A third-round draft choice of the New Jersey Devils in 1998, Gionta, 39, won a Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2003, and three years later set a still-standing franchise record with a career-high 48 regular-season goals to go along with a personal-best 89 points. The Rochester, N.Y. native went on to serve as captain of both the Montreal Canadiens and the Buffalo Sabres before finishing his career last spring with the Boston Bruins.

In 1,026 NHL regular-season games, Gionta collected 291 goals and 304 assists for 595 points along with 377 penalty minutes, and scored at least 20 goals in one NHL season seven times. In 113 Stanley Cup Playoff contests, he registered 32-36—68 points with 34 PIM. He also recorded 15-23—38 points and 28 PIM in 53 career American Hockey League games with Albany and Rochester.

A four-time All-America selection and a three-time finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top player in NCAA Division I men’s hockey, Gionta skated for BC from 1997 to 2001, and is the school’s all-time leading goal scorer with 123 goals. He finished his collegiate career with 232 points in 164 games, which still ranks him second on the Heights’ all-time scoring scroll behind David Emma (239 points).

Gionta also helped the Eagles to four NCAA Frozen Fours, including the 2001 NCAA title, its first national championship in 52 years. He is also BC's all-time leader with nine career hat tricks. As a senior, he scored five goals on five shots in the opening period of a 7-2 win against Hockey East rival Maine, and then helped BC to its third Hockey East Tournament championship in four seasons, plus the 2001 Beanpot Tournament crown. He was also named the 2000-01 Hockey East Player of the Year, and shared the Walter Brown Award that same season with UNH goaltender Ty Conklin as the top American-born player(s) in the New England collegiate hockey ranks.

Gionta represented the United States in two Olympic Winter Games, in 2006 in Italy and in 2018 in South Korea. He served as Team USA's captain in the latter competition, and also played for the U.S. in two IIHF World Junior Championships and three IIHF World Championships. He will now serve as a development coach with the NHL’s Sabres.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

BC's Wood Re-Signs with NHL's Devils

Miles Wood (Boston College) is back with the New Jersey Devils. Wood, 23, who sat out the first week of the Devils' 2018-19 training camp, signed a four-year, $11 million contract with New Jersey, according to NHL.com. The contract carries an annual average value of $2.75 million.

A Buffalo native, Wood set professional and NHL career highs last season when he tallied 19 goals and 13 assists for 32 points in 76 regular-season contests for the Devils. He also made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, and went scoreless in five games as the Devils were eliminated in the first round by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Wood prepped at the Noble and Greenough School, and with the Cape Cod Whalers and Salem Ice Dogs, all in Massachusetts, before he spent one season at BC. He tallied 10 goals and 35 points along with 76 penalty minutes in helping the Eagles to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four, and then turned pro, where he made his NHL debut with New Jersey to close out the season.

He spent 15 games with Albany (AHL) during the 2016-17 campaign before joining the parent Devils for good, and collected eight goals and 17 points in 60 NHL appearances that season. The son of former NHL player and Yale University alumnus Randy Wood, the younger Wood has registered 27-22—49 points and 170 penalty minutes in 137 NHL regular-season contests.

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):


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.  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