January 12, 2007
Leadership Changes At Boston College

By Jeff Howe

Boston College senior Brian Boyle turned down a fat NHL paycheck last summer to come back to school. But when coming back to school didn't exactly equate in going to classes, BC coach Jerry York decided to strip the captain "C" from Boyle's jersey.

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BC's Joe Rooney (pictured) doesn't sport an 'A' on his sweater anymore, after coach Jerry York changed the Eagles' leadership group due to poor class attendance.

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The decision was made during the Eagles' holiday hiatus. York also came down on senior Joe Rooney, who lost his assistant captain "A" for the same reason.

"It was strictly an academic issue, and the academic issue was that both Joe and Brian weren't going to class to my liking," York said. "They're eligible, institutionally. There were no felonies committed. There were no problems other than they were not going to class to give us a great effort.

"I've always stressed with our team, and our captains especially, that they have to be leaders on the ice and off the ice. I think both are having fine years hockey-wise, but they've got to show us a great effort off the ice.

"Both are disappointed that they haven't given us the effort academically that we all expect here. It's better to be straight and honest and up front with the media because then they think, 'Is it a drug issue, a police charge?' It's nothing like that. Strictly, in my feeling to be a leader, to wear a 'C,' you have to show a great effort academically.

"If you're not an A-student, that's fine, but work hard academically like you work hard in hockey. There is a correlation between leadership that carries on off the ice as well as on the ice."

York said he would rethink his decision and possibly reinstate the captains if they improve during the second semester. He plans on checking in closely with their professors to make sure they attend class, and he may make a decision in time for the Beanpot.

Rooney is Boston College's leader with 20 points and 12 assists. He is tied for second with eight goals. Boyle has seven goals and nine assists for 16 points, third-highest on the team. He scored 22 goals and had 30 assists in a breakout junior season, though 18 of his goals came after the new year.

York said the decision had nothing to do with trying to jumpstart his players on the ice, but rather to improve them as people off of it.

"It doesn't do anything to his hockey, but it will make him a better person," York said. "It won't affect his hockey one way or the other. Practicing hockey, skill level, watching tape, that will make you a better hockey player. This will make you a better person."


UMass goalie scores game-winner: When people ask UMass goalie Jon Quick how he scored his goal in Saturday night's 4-2 win over Merrimack, they tend to get one of two answers.

Let's start with the fun version.

"They dumped it in," Quick began. "They had two forecheckers. I toe-dragged the first one, toe-dragged the second one, and fired it home."

Alexander Ovechkin, eat your heart out.

But this isn't Xbox, and Quick isn't about to get invited to the ESPY Awards.

Referee Jeff Bunyon raised his arm to signify a holding penalty on Chris Davis in the second period so Merrimack pulled goalie Patrick Watson in favor of an extra skater. Defenseman Derek Pallardy was working with the puck behind Quick and sent a pass toward the top of the zone but missed his target by a few feet. So there went the puck, some 200 feet down the ice and into the vacated Warrior net to give UMass a 3-1 lead.

Quick made a save moments before and was the last UMass player to touch the puck, making it his goal.

"I'll take what I can get," Quick said. "I really didn't even know what to think. I thought it was kind of funny that I actually got a goal even though it happened in a weird way."

But when Matt Jones scored Merrimack's second goal with 1:55 remaining in the third period, Quick's lamp lighter became the game-winner.

"That makes it a little bit better," Quick said. "[Merrimack] scored a goal with a couple minutes left in the game, and a couple kids have accused me of letting it in on purpose. It's kind of funny how it turned out."

Quick, who said he last scored when he was six years old, expects to get a little more involved in the offensive system.

"Maybe we'll work that Mighty Ducks play into the playbook where the goalie skates up to the red line and does the knuckle puck, but I don't know if that's in the near future," he said with a laugh.

Quick has now scored more goals than teammates Mike Kostka, Justin Braun, Jordan Virtue, Zech Klann, Topher Bevis, David Leaderer, Scott Crowder, Kevin Maresco, Patrick Dineen, Sam D'Agostino, John Wessbecker, Brett Watson and backup goalie Dan Meyers combined.

Parker reaches milestone: It was a new day and a new milestone for Jack Parker Friday night. The Terriers beat Providence 5-1 on the road, and it marked Parker's 750th career win as well as all-time win No. 1,300 for Boston University.

"It kind of shocked me that I had more than half the wins," Parker said with a laugh. "Anybody that gets up to these numbers always makes the same comments. We're just fortunate enough to be coaching at a school that kept us around a long time and put emphasis on the sport. … It's strictly longevity more than anything else. And great players and getting great players there."

A pair of Parker's friends in Hockey East weighed in on their colleague's accomplishments.

"He is clearly a great coach and a great leader, but 750 at one institution is mind boggling," said UMass coach Don Cahoon, who played for and coached under Parker at BU. "It just blows my mind to have 750 at one institution, to have that type of focus and have that much success to have that type of focus."

"It's terrific," BC coach Jerry York said. "He's joined the old men's club with [Michigan State coach] Rick Comley and I. It's terrific longevity for all three of us stay in the game this long and hopefully contribute at our institutions, and it's great for the game in general. Certainly, we're all proud of our accomplishments."

Lowell goes old school: The River Hawks, celebrating their 40th season of hockey, hosted their "Back to the Forum Weekend" last weekend. UMass Lowell hosted its two-game series with Maine at the old Tully Forum (now known as the Chelmsford Forum), where the program played for 18 years.

The hosts dressed in their throwback ULowell Chiefs jerseys before a pair of sellout crowds, and the River Hawks inducted the 1979, 1981 and 1982 Division II national championship teams into the athletic Hall of Fame during the second intermission of the series finale.

"It was a tremendous atmosphere," Lowell coach Blaise MacDonald said. "It's a real feather in the cap for our athletic director who went through an awful lot of work to make this happen. Having the three national champions back was great. That's what we're trying to do. We're trying to have some responsibility for the legacy that those teams left and created here at the Division II level."

MacDonald didn't rule out the possibility of returning to Tully for similar events in the future.

"I think it gives us something to look at for sure," MacDonald said. "There are a lot of logistic problems and a lot of work that goes into that weekend. We really like our Tsongas Arena, but it will make us take a close look at that."

The River Hawks' current home, the Tsongas Arena, opened on Jan. 28, 1998, when current Maine coach Tim Whitehead was Lowell's bench boss. Maine swept the series.

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BU at Maine (Fri.-Sat.)
The Terriers are 3-0-1 against the Black Bears since the beginning of last season, and the two squads tied 2-2 in Boston Nov. 4. BU has struggled to score this season, but put together 15 goals in a four-game stretch (3-0-1) before skating to a scoreless tie with Northeastern Saturday night. Maine is in the midst of a four-game winning streak and eight-game unbeaten streak (7-0-1) since dropping three in a row to close out November.

While You’re There: We've recommended it before but have since found something new to try at the Bear Brew Pub in Orono. First, the blueberry beer is worth the four-hour trip from Boston alone. Second, get a buffalo chicken pizza, and order the hottest flavor available. If you can get through it, we salute you … seriously.

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Going back to Tully Forum – or the Chelmsford Forum if that's what they feel like calling it now (even though it's in Billerica) – to watch Lowell play Maine last weekend was a great experience. Tully was the first place this writer ever witnessed a college hockey game.

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Things got a bit chippy between Lowell and Maine Saturday afternoon. As the buzzer sounded to end the second period, Bret Tyler cross-checked Jason Tejchma in the throat, and Tejchma responded by striking Tyler in the head with his stick. Typically, these are two of the nicest guys in the league, too. All of this went unnoticed by the officiating crew. We understand that this is hockey, guys, but let's try not to kill anyone while you're out there.


• Providence coach Tim Army on the correlation of music and his team's poor start: "I'm a Beatles fan, so I have two songs in mind," Army began. "One is 'Help.' And I'm hopeful that 'Here Comes the Sun' is our song for the second half of the year."
Providence is 4-15-1 overall and 3-9-1 in Hockey East, just a point ahead of Lowell and Merrimack who sit tied in last place.
Little darling, it's been a long, cold, lonely winter…

• The last non-Beanpot, non-conference game takes place Saturday night at Manchester's Verizon Wireless Arena between New Hampshire and intrastate rival Dartmouth. The Big Green rallied for five straight goals to beat UNH 9-8 two years ago, and UNH answered Dartmouth's last-minute goal with one of its own to win last year's contest, 5-4. Never a dull moment.

• Northeastern rallied from a 2-0 hole to beat Boston College 3-2 in overtime Friday night. BC entered the third period with a 2-1 lead, marking the first time in 65 tries the Eagles lost a game in which they entered the final frame with a lead.

• Boston University is 7-1-4 when scoring at least two goals this season, but the Terriers are 1-3-2 when they don't.

• Maine returns home this weekend for the first time since Dec. 1 (excluding its exhibition contest with New Brunswick on Dec. 6), a span of 42 days. The Black Bears went 5-0-1 in their time away from Alfond.

• Former Lowell goalie Dwayne Roloson, who now minds the net for the Edmonton Oilers, was named Goalie of the Year by Goalie World magazine.

• Northeastern split its season series with Boston College for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

• Providence senior Tony Zancanaro has played in 130 consecutive games.

A variety of sources were utilized in the compilation of this report. Jeff Howe can be reached at jeff@insidecollegehockey.com.