Ever since the whole Bracco fiasco a couple weeks back, everything has been quiet on the BC Hockey front. The staff joined a tremendous gathering of former players on Monday for the annual Pikes Peak golf outing at Walpole Country Club. Close to 50 former Eagles showed up to display their support for Coach York and the program. I think it says a lot about the culture he has created in his hockey program when guys who are making millions of dollars a year and are living, in some cases, a long ways from Chestnut Hill, come back to participate in a golf outing. When it was all said and done, Mike Ewanowski (81), Paul Marshall (89), Mike Mullowney (89), and Coach Brown (90) took home the hardware. Props to Pikes Peak for throwing what was another fantastic event.
World Jr Evaluation camp continues throughout this week in Lake Placid as the first round of cuts were made yesterday, all four Eagles are still in contention to make the final roster. There was a bit of bad news as sophomore Alex Tuch was injured in an exhibition game and was told to sit out the rest of camp as he nurses a minor knee injury. At his media session shortly after the game, Tuch said "I am rehabbing here and hopefully I feel better by the end of the week".
If you had told everyone in Hockey East that a major recruit would be leaving Comm Ave over the summer, over 95% of them would have assumed it was Jeremy Bracco bolting for the OHL. In an amazing turn of events, BU's top incoming recruit, Russian Maxim Letunov, was denied admissions to the school because of a technicality and will instead head to UConn. First of all, what a get for Coach Cav and his crew, by far and away the biggest recruit he has landed during his short time in Storrs. If Letunov is granted eligibility for this season (which is still up in the air), the Huskies could be a formidable opponent next fall for the rest of the conference. As for the Terriers, it is certainly a blow to their already thin forward group but with their defense and coaching staff, I'm sure they will be in the hunt come next spring.
On the recruiting trail, the only thing I have to report is that I'm hearing BC is one of the top front runners for star 2000 forward Oliver Wahlstrom, a former Maine commit. I think the decision will take some time but there is certainly a good chance BC is able to land the top uncommitted player in the country. Can you imagine a team with Wahlstom, TJ Walsh, and Jacob Tortora? Maybe not as good as this year's squad but pretty darn good!
Last major of the year next week, come on Phil!