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BOSTON - With just one month until the season opener at Colgate, head coach David Quinn of the Boston University men's ice hockey team has announced the hiring of three new staff members and unveiled the roster for the upcoming 2016-17 season.
Nine freshmen will join 17 returnees from last year's squad to create a 26-man roster comprised of 15 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders.
On Quinn's staff, Brittany Miller has been hired as the director of hockey operations, Brian Eklund is the new volunteer assistant coach working the team's goaltenders and Kyle Czech has been named the program's strength & conditioning coach.
"Our staff could not be more excited to get on the ice and start working with this great group of young men," said Quinn, whose staff can work on the ice with the 26 players for two hours each week until the official start of the season on Oct. 1. "We bring back a strong core of veterans at each position and have three captains who will be outstanding leaders for this team."
Doyle Somerby, a senior defenseman from Marblehead, Massachusetts, will serve as team captain while junior wing Nikolas Olsson and sophomore center Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson will be this year's assistant captains.
"This year's freshmen are a class of quality and quantity," added Quinn. "Every guy in this group brings something to our team that will help us compete for championships and it's a strong mix of talent that continues a long line of great classes here at BU. They are outstanding young men who will play important roles as we strive for our ultimate goal of winning a national title."
After spending the last five seasons serving as a team manager, Miller now takes over the operations role. She becomes the first female to be hired in a full-time role on an NCAA Division I men's ice hockey staff.
As a manager, Miller worked closely with the coaching staff, analyzing statistics and ice-time during games. She helped organize and manage travel accommodations and meals on team trips in addition to taking care of all ticket requests and assisting with the program's social media accounts. Miller completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at BU, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration & management from the Questrom School of Business in 2015 before receiving a master's degree from the College of Communication earlier this year.
"We have known Brittany for a long time and she has really helped this program run efficiently over the last five years," said Quinn. "When the director of hockey operations job opened up, it was an easy decision to make. She is incredibly smart and driven, and she gets along well with people. Brittany loves BU and we're very fortunate to keep her here with our program."
Eklund joins the Terriers after three seasons in the same role at Harvard. After playing his college hockey at Brown, Eklund signed a two-year deal with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning and starred for their ECHL team, the Pensicola Ice Pilots, before earning a ring with the Lightning as the team's third goaltender during their run to the 2004 Stanley Cup title. He went on to make his NHL debut with the Lightning during the 2005-06 campaign and played two seasons in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons and Providence Bruins.
Eklund, who owns Massachusetts Crease, a goalie school designed to develop aspiring goalies, helped Harvard excel in goal during his time as a coach there, leading to school records in wins, saves and starts. The Crimson reached the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons and claimed the 2015 ECAC tournament title.
"Brian brings a lot of experience to our staff as our volunteer goaltending coach," said Quinn. "He has a great reputation as one of the best goalie coaches around and will be a valuable addition to our staff. Based on his coaching experience and his professional hockey career, we are looking forward to having him work with our three talented goaltenders."
Czech, who comes from Prentiss Hockey Performance (PHP) in Connecticut, will serve as the strength & conditioning coach for the Terriers' field hockey and men's ice hockey programs. He holds two degrees from Winona State University in Minnesota and has worked at two BCS schools (Clemson, Wisconsin).
PHP, owned by highly regarded PICP Level 5 strength coach Ben Prentiss, has trained the likes of Olympians Jonathan Quick, James van Riemsdyk, Martin St. Louis and former Terrier Kevin Shattenkirk, along with multiple other Stanley Cup champions and professionals throughout hockey and lacrosse. In addition to Czech joining head strength & conditioning coach Glenn Harris' staff, Prentiss will serve as a consultant for the men's hockey program.
At Clemson, Czech assisted with all Olympic sports before moving on to Wisconsin, where he was a strength & conditioning intern with men's and women's basketball, men's and women's hockey, golf and spirit squads.
"Kyle brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to our program," said Quinn. "He has some great experience working with Ben Prentiss and at Wisconsin over the last few years. In the short period of time he has been here, our players have found him to be incredibly smart and personable. He works incredibly hard and will be a great addition to our staff."
Eklund takes the spot previously held by Mike Geragosian, who spent 17 seasons as the goaltending coach for the Terriers, helping the squad reach 10 NCAA tournaments and two Frozen Fours. Geragosian developed walk-on John Curry into a two-time All-American and his work with Kieran Millan helped him backstop BU to the 2009 NCAA title as a freshman.
Miller replaces Chris Dyment, who moved on to pursue other opportunities in hockey after spending one season in the role, while Czech takes over for Sean Skahan, who also spent a year at BU. Skahan was named the head strength & conditioning coach for the NHL's Minnesota Wild.
Meet the Freshmen
F - 6-1 - 200 - Edina, Minn.
Led the U.S. National Under-18 Team in goals (50), power-play goals (12) and game-winning goals (9) for 2015-16 season ... Fourth different player to score 50 goals in a season with the USNTDP ... Member of the bronze medal-winning U18 team at the 2016 U18 World Championships ... Named 2014-15 USHL Rookie of the Year and All-USHL Third Team All-Star after leading the Sioux Falls Stampede to the Clark Cup (team-leading 33g were a single-season record for a 16-year-old ... Led USA U17 Team to a silver medal at the Five Nations Tournament in Germany with 2-3—5 in four games ... Won Minnesota 2014 Class 2A State Championship as a sophomore at Edina High School ... Selected to participate in the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team Development Camp. Son of Tracy and Brian Bellows ... His father played 17 seasons with five teams in the NHL and won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1993 ... Selected in the first round (19th overall) by the New York Islanders in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft ... Enrolled in the College of General Studies.
F - 5-8 - 180 - Quebec City, Que.
Led 2015-16 Rochester Jr. Americans (USPHL) in games played (44), points (50), goals (19) and assists (31) ... Also led team in playoff scoring with a line of 3-1–4 ... Appeared in 46 games for the Portland Pirates of the USPHL Premier in 2014-15, good for fifth on the team, while recording a stat line of 1-2–3 ... Also played four games for the Pirates' USPHL Elite team ... Appeared in 20 games with Portland during the 2013-14 season, his first with the club, recording six assists ... Topped the 2012-13 TPH Thunder U18 squad of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League in points, goals and assists, posting a line of 12-15–27 in 39 games played ... Son of Suzanne and Frédéric Chabot ... His father was drafted in the 10th round of the 1986 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils and played five NHL seasons with three teams ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in economics.
F - 5-11 - 185 - Schaumburg, Ill.
Played with the Bloomington Thunder of the USHL for two seasons, tallying a total line of 26-27–53 in 115 games played ... His 115 games played make him the longest-tenured player in club history ... Finished fifth on the team in points and fourth in goals in 2015-16 ... Netted 10 power-play goals on the Thunder's league-leading power play unit in 2015-16 ... His 20 points in 2014-15, the team's inaugural season, were good for 10th on the squad ... In 2013-14, appeared in 32 games for the Tri-City Storm of the USHL, tallying 13 points (4g, 9a) ... Also played in 25 games for the Springfield Jr. Blues of the NAHL, totaling 26 points (12g, 14a) and a team best 1.04 points per game ... Son of Carol and George Curry ... Enrolled in the College of General Studies.
D - 6-1 - 192 - New Westminster, B.C.
Played two seasons with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL, helping them claim the 2015 Fred Page Cup ... Named the Best Defenseman in the BCHL in 2015-16 after leading his position in scoring (14g, 53a, 1.49 points per game, 31 power-play points) ... Recorded eight assists in seven games as a member of Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship ... Led all defensemen in assists, leading Team Canada-West to victory at the 2015 World Junior "A" Challenge ... Named to 2014-15 BCHL All-Rookie Team with Penticton ... Had the second-most playoff points among BCHL defensemen (4g, 11a) during the run to the 2015 championship ... Selected to participate in the 2016 Canada National Junior Team Summer Development Camp ... Son of Tina and Stephen Fabbro ... Selected in the first round (17th overall) by the Nashville Predators in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft ... Enrolled in the College of General Studies.
F - 5-9 - 160 - New Canaan, Conn.
Spent his most recent full season at Avon Old Farms, captaining the Winged Beavers and leading them to the NEPSAC semifinals ... Led the team in points (59) and assists (39) while recording the second-most goals (20) ... Had a brief stint with the Omaha Lancers (USHL), recording a goal and three assists in 9 games ... Played in 13 games for the Mass Tier I U18 Neponset Valley River Rats, leading his team and the league with 32 points (19g, 13a) ... In the 2014-15 season at Avon Old Farms, led his team with 47 points, while finishing second in both goals (20) and assists (27) ... Appeared in 14 games with the Neponset Valley River Rats as a teammate of current Terrier Max Prawdzik, recording 30 points (14g, 16a) ... Tallied 29 points (13g, 16a) in 24 games for the New Jersey Rockets Midget U19 squad in 2013-14 ... Son of Heather and Roger Harper ... Selected in the fifth round (138th overall) by the Nashville Predators in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft ... Enrolled in the College of General Studies.
F - 5-10 - 175 - Swansea, Ill.
Broke the U.S. NTDP career record for points with 189 on 71 goals and 118 assists ... Led the U18 team in scoring in 2015-16 with 107 points (37g, 70a), which placed him second all-time in NTDP history for points in a season ... Set program record for assists in a season (70) ... Tournament MVP of 2016 U18 World Championships, winning a bronze medal with Team USA ... Led U18 Five Nations Tournament with 12 points (5g, 7a) in four games ... Recorded nine points (4g, 5a) en route to a gold medal with Team USA at the 2015 U18 World Championships ... Ranked fourth on 2014-15 U18 team with 1.44 points per game (16 GP) while also leading the U17 team with 59 points (25g, 34a) in 45 games ... Led Shattuck St. Mary's High School (Minn.) in 2013-14 with 77 points (36g, 41a) ... Selected to participate in the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team Development Camp ... Son of Kelley and Bryan Keller ... Selected in the first round (seventh overall) by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft ... Enrolled in the College of General Studies.
D - 6-0 - 185 - Ridgefield, Conn.
Split this past season with the U.S. NTDP U18 and U17 teams, tallying 29 points (3g, 26a) in 53 games with the U18s and 13 points (2g, 11a) in 18 games with the U17s ... Youngest member of the bronze medal-winning Team USA U20 squad at the 2016 World Championships, playing alongside BU defenseman Charlie McAvoy ... Also won bronze at the 2016 U18 World Championships, serving as one of the team's assistant captains ... Won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2015 U18 World Championships, tallying five points (1g, 4a) in seven games ... Tied for the tournament lead in assists at the 2014-15 World U17 Hockey Challenge (7a in 6 GP) with fellow Terrier Clayton Keller, helping Team USA earn a silver medal ... Selected to participate in the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team Development Camp ... Son of Stacy and Mark Krys ... His dad served as captain of the Terrier men's hockey team during the 1990-91 season, helping them reach the NCAA title game ... Selected in the second round (45th overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in American studies.
F - 6-2 - 194 - Darien, Conn.
Captained the Westminster School to the Large School Martin/Earl Tournament Final in 2015-16 ... Led the Martlets in assists (25) while finishing third in points (36) and goals (11) in 25 games played ... Spent a season with the Mid-Fairfield Midget Rangers U18, appearing in 22 games and recording a team-high 25 points (10g, 15a) ... Recorded an assist in two appearances for the Tri-City Storm (USHL) ... Tallied 28 points (12g, 16a) in 2014-15 at Westminster, all good for third on the team ... Finished second on the team in points (31-36—67) in 50 games as a member of the Connecticut Oilers 16U Midget squad ... Ranked 106th in NHL's final 2015 Central Scouting rankings for North American skaters ... Son of Lisa and Jay McDermott ... Enrolled in the College of General Studies.
G - 6-4 - 205 - Lakeville, Minn.
In 37 games with the Under-18 Team in 2015-16, posted a 2.38 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage, to go along with a record of 25-8-0-1 and two shutouts ... Backstopped Team USA to a bronze medal in the U18 World Junior Championships, posting a 1.50 GAA and a .934 save percentage in four games ... In 29 games with the Under-17 team in 2014-15, recorded team bests in goals-against average (2.57) and save percentage (.916) ... Member of the gold medal-winning U.S. squad at the 2015 U18 World Championships ... In nine games for Lakeville North High School as a freshman in 2013-14, posted a 1.86 GAA and .931 save percentage, leading the team to the Minnesota Class 2A State Championship Game ... Was also a member of the Class 2A All-Tournament Team ... Selected to participate in the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team Development Camp ... Son of Kateri and Chris Oettinger ... Enrolled in the College of General Studies.