Aug. 28, 2012
BOSTON - Head coach Jack Parker has announced that nine newcomers will comprise the Class of 2016 for the Boston University men's ice hockey program. The group includes five forwards, two defensemen and two goaltenders.
"It's safe to say that we have very high expectations for this year's incoming group," said Parker, who enters his 40th season as head coach of the Terriers. "We got what we needed in numbers and we've gotten better in overall depth up front. We've added two highly skilled defensemen and changed the look of our team a little bit with more physical forwards."
Five of this year's newcomers were selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft this summer and three members of that group helped Team USA capture its fourth straight gold medal at the U-18 World Championship. The two goaltenders in the class were standouts in their respective leagues (BCHL, USHL) and will be counted on to excel while quickly adjusting to the college game.
"The importance of the two goaltenders makes or breaks the class because that position is so important, but we think we got two real good ones," added Parker.
The team returns to campus this week and will begin preparations for the 2012-13 season, which begins with a home exhibition against the University of Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 7.
D • 5-9 • 171 • Charlestown, Mass. • U.S. National Under-18 Team
Tallied 23 points (3g, 20a) last season in 60 games with the Under-18 Team ... Played on U18 squad that won fourth consecutive gold medal at the 2012 U18 World Championship in Czech Republic ... Competed with Under-17 Team in 2010-11, totaling 18 points (2g, 16a) in 55 contests ... Member of U18 Team that captured 2011 Four Nations title in Switzerland ... Attended Belmont Hill before joining USNTDP ... Named top defenseman in U16 division at ProAm Hockey's 2009 Midget Fall Classic. ... Selected by the Boston Bruins in the third round (85th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Parker on Grzelcyk: "We feel that Grzelcyk will be an impact player in every phase of the game for us. He'll get power-play time and he's a real smart defensive player on the initial rush, down low, killing penalties. He'll get a lot of ice time right off the bat. He's a guy who has a lot of poise and gives his teammates a lot of confidence."
F • 6-2 • 208 • Reading, Mass. • St. John's Prep
Led St. John's in scoring with a 32-28--60 line in 24 games as a senior last season ... Totaled 126 points (67g, 59a) over the final three seasons of his prep career ... Selected to U.S. Under-18 Select Team that played in 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Slovakia and Czech Republic ... Tabbed MVP of 2012 MSHCA High School All-Star Classic ... Named to Mass. High School All-Star Team that played in 2011 Bauer National Invitational Tournament ... Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (56th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Parker on Kurker: "Kurker is very talented and can play on the top two lines or the third and fourth lines. It doesn't matter where you put him, he'll produce points and give us a physical presence. We were originally going to take him next year, but he was playing so well we decided to take him now."
F • 5-10 • 170 • Rochester, N.Y. • U.S. National Under-18 Team
Totaled 30 points (13g, 17a) in 59 games with the Under-18 Team last season ... Named to the roster for first-ever CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, to be held Sept. 29 in Buffalo ... Named one of Team USA's top three players at the 2012 U-18 World Championships after helping the squad successfully defend its gold medal ... Scored 22 points (9g, 13a) in 55 games with the U17s in 2010-11 ... Won titles with U17 squad at 2011 Vlad Dzurilla Tournament and 2010 Four Nations Cup ... Scored three goals in six games for U17 Team that finished second at 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Manitoba ... Skated with the Mississauga Reps midget program prior to joining NTDP with a 34-41--75 scoring line in 2009-10.
Parker on Lane: "We're really excited to get Matt in the fold. He's a very talented, strong-skating left wing who really came on in the second half of the year for the Under-18 Team. He performed extremely well in the international tournaments and he's going to bring strength, speed and a pretty good scoring touch to the forward group."
G • 6-2 • 202 • Powell River, B.C. • Powell River Kings (BCHL)
Played two seasons with Powell River, posting a record of 27-15-1 with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 52 games ... Guided team to BCHL finals this past season and back-to-back Coastal Conference titles ... Named a 2012 Second Team All-Star ... Backstopped Team Canada West to a gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge in November and was named tournament's top goaltender ... Two-time co-winner of the BCHL's Wally Forslund Memorial Trophy (lowest combined GAA) ... Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round (113th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Parker on Maguire: "Maguire's a big guy who fills a lot of the net and he's got a lot of talent. He had a real good junior career in Canada. We've known him for a couple of years and really like him. We knew we were coming to this point where we were losing two senior goalies and we were very fortunate to get him."
F • 6-1 • 200 • Marshfield, Mass. • Bay State Breakers (EJHL)
Played 2011-12 season in BCHL with Victoria Grizzlies - where he was an assistant captain and on same line as fellow BU recruit Wesley Myron - and Penticton Vees, tallying a combined 46 points (18g, 28a) in 39 contests, before returning to Massachusetts to join Bay State (11-4--15 in 18 games) for the end of their season ... 2010-11 team captain at Taft School, where he scored a team-high 13 goals and tied for team lead in points with 23 ... Helped Taft claim title at 2011 Lawrenceville Tournament ... Three-sport athlete at Taft (football, baseball) ... Nephew of BU associate head coach Mike Bavis.
Parker on Moran "Moran's a hard-nosed, big, strong skater. He's going to give us depth on the wing. He could establish himself pretty early as filling a void that we have, and that's size and physical play."
F • 6-2 • 190 • Victoria, B.C. • Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
Played three seasons for hometown Grizzlies, centering a line in 2011-12 that included fellow BU newcomer Mike Moran ... Scored a team-best 42 points this past season on 17 goals and 25 assists in just 26 games before being sidelined by shoulder injury ... Totaled 118 points (53g, 65a) in 149 career games with Victoria ... Won a gold medal with Team Canada West at 2011 World Junior A Challenge ... Selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, becoming first B.C. native to be drafted by the Canucks since 2008.
Parker on Myron: "Myron's a big, strong center iceman who can play the wing as well. He's a good puck handler and a good point producer. He should fit in on the power play and be on our top three lines for sure."
G • 6-5 • 195 • Toronto, Ont. • Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)
Spent last two seasons with Youngstown, helping Phantoms reach 2012 USHL Eastern Conference semifinals ... Finished 2011-12 season with a record of 28-16-5, a 3.04 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage ... Tied for second in the league in wins and was second in saves (1350) ... Spent two years in OJHL with Upper Canada Patriots and Burlington Cougars ... Posted .903 save percentage in 2009-10 ... Was OJHL's only 16-year-old goalie in 2008-09 for expansion Upper Canada club.
Parker on O'Connor: "Matt's another goalie with great size. He was the backstop of a pretty good USHL team, but he was the go-to guy for that team. He saw a lot of pucks. He had a real good career there, and despite an injury that kept him back a little bit, he emerged as one of the premier goalies in the league. We're confident that he and Maguire can give us a one-two punch right off the bat."
D • 6-3 • 195 • Espoo, Finland • Espoo Blues (Jr. A SM-Liiga)
Top scoring defenseman for Espoo Blues U20s in 2011-12 with 41 points (14g, 27a) in 51 games ... Amongst league defensemen, he ranked second in points, third in assists and first in plus-minus (+42) ... Named a 2011-12 league All-Star ... Split 2010-11 season with the Blues' U20 and U18 teams, tallying 15 points in 22 games in an injury-shortened season ... Played on Finland's U18 squad in 2010-11 ... Ranked 66th among European skaters this past year by NHL Central Scouting.
Parker on Oksanen: "We were very fortunate to get a player of Ahti's caliber so late in the game. He is a very skilled defenseman who should step right in and develop into a very good player in our league. He will fill the gap left behind by Adam Clendening's early departure."
F • 5-10 • 175 • Needham, Mass. • St. Sebastian's
Joined the U.S. National Under-18 Team after a standout career at St. Sebastian's ... Named to 2012 MIAA All-State First Team after recording 60 points (32g, 28a) as a senior ... Member of goal-medal winning Team USA squad at 2012 U18 World Championship ... Tallied 10 points (4g, 6a) in 14 games with the U18s ... Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round (138th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft ... Born in Germany in 1994 when his father, former Terrier captain Tom O'Regan, was in the middle of an 11-season European playing career after appearing in 61 NHL contests with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Parker on O'Regan: "Danny's another guy we thought would be coming in September of 2013, but he played extremely well in his senior year at St. Sebastian's. We've known about him for a while since he's Tommy's son. He's always been a very clever guy and a great player in his age group. He excelled in international competition for the Under-18 Team and there's a good possibility he'll be a first- or second-line center for us."