Oct. 2, 2015
BOSTON - The 2015-16 Boston University men's ice hockey team will make its debut on Saturday (Oct. 3) when it faces Acadia in an exhibition contest at Agganis Arena. Game time is set for 4 p.m.
This game, in addition to the exhibition against the U.S. National Under-18 Team on Oct. 16, will be streamed live for free on Terrier TV. Fifteen regular-season home games and the road game at UConn on Oct. 27 will be on Terrier TV at a cost of $9.95 per month.
Saturday's contest will give fans their first look at this year's BU squad, which is ranked third in the USCHO.com preseason poll after reaching the national title game last April and claiming Hockey East and Beanpot crowns.
The Terriers return 15 of their top 18 scorers from last year, when they scored a nation-best 158 goals. Gone, however, are Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues, who were the top two point-scorers in the nation. Their linemate, Danny O'Regan, is back for his senior year after posting 50 points (23g, 27a) as a junior.
2015 First Team All-America defenseman Matt Grzelcyk returns for his senior year and his second season as the Terriers' captain. He'll miss the early portion of the year due to offseason knee surgery. As a junior, he put up 38 points on 10 goals and 28 assists.
Fellow senior Ahti Oksanen also tallied 38 points a year ago and is the team's leading returning goal scorer after finding the back of the net 25 times last season. He made a successful transition from defenseman to forward and will be counted on to put up big numbers in his final campaign.
BU and Acadia, which is located in Woleville, Nova Scotia, have never faced off against each other. The Axemen were ranked third in the final 2015 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) rankings. They have played three preseason games against fellow CIS schools and came on top in all of them.