Hockey Notes: From the Draft and Development Camp to Losing a Legend
BOSTON — It may be June and the Stanley Cup was already won a few weeks back but there is plenty of hockey to talk about as the temperature surpasses 80 degrees outside.
The National Hockey League completed its annual Entry Draft over the weekend at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center with 13 incoming Hockey East players and two incoming Harvard Crimson taken into the professional ranks.
Vermont forward recruit Zemgus Girgensons was the first of three Hockey East-related selections in the first round, going to the Buffalo Sabres at No. 14. The Latvian native was the leading scorer for the United States Hockey League’s Dubuque Fighting Saints this season.
At No. 53, Harvard’s Brian Hart, a Cumberland, Maine native, became the third-ever Crimson player taken by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Future Boston University forward and St. John’s Prep product Sam Kurker was one of three local collegians taken in the second round as the St. Louis Blues picked the Boston native at No. 56 overall.
Vesey, a North Reading, Mass., native and the son of former NHL player Jim Vesey is Harvard’s second-ever Nashville Predator selection, going at No. 66. Nine picks later, highly-touted Providence College goaltending prospect Jon Gillies was tabbed by the Calgary Flames.
One of the feel-good stories in the draft was Dorchester native and incoming BU defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who was taken by the hometown Boston Bruins in the fourth round.
The full list of Hockey East players selected is below:
With the draft complete, details for the annual Boston Bruins Development Camp, which begins on Thursday at Wilmington’s Ristuccia Arena, were announced.
All six 2012 draft selections will be in attendance, including first-round goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban, who is the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K.
Graduated Boston College captain Tommy Cross, who appeared in several games with the Providence Bruins following the Eagles’ national title in April, will headline the camp’s 29-player roster. His teammate and winning goaltender Parker Milner was invited for the first time.
The roster (shown below, in its entirety) features 15 forwards, eight defensemen and six goaltenders. 22 total players have gained experience in the Boston system previously.
Forwards: Darik Angeli, Anthony Camara, Colin Campbell, Daniel Carr, Justin Courtnall, Brian Ferlin, Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Alex Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, Cody Payne, Ben Sexton, Wayne Simpson, Ryan Spooner
Defensemen: Matt Benning, Chris Casto, Tommy Cross, Matthew Grzelcyk, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Robbie O’Gara, Zach Trotman
Goaltenders: Zane Gothberg, Parker Milner, Adam Morrison, Malcolm Subban, Niklas Svedberg, Lars Volden
Ferdinand Charles “Fernie” Flaman, Northeastern University’s longest tenured and winningest men’s hockey coach, passed away last Friday after a long and courageous battle with cancer at age 85.
The Saskatchewan, native coached the Huskies to a school record 255 victories from 1970 to 1989, but also enjoyed a strong professional career with the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs.
“We lost a great man,” said Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna. “I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him for more than 40 years, first as a player going against his Northeastern teams, and later as a coach and administrator. What a great role model for the hockey community.”
“This is a sad day for Northeastern University and our athletics program,” coach Jim Madigan said. “Fernie will always be remembered as the coach of Northeastern hockey but he was much more than that. He was a coach, friend, mentor, role model, father figure and one of the nicest people one could ever meet. He had a strong moral and ethical compass and he passed these traits onto all of us.”