Today was a busy day in the world of Terrier hockey. First, BU picked up a commitment from St. Sebastian's defenseman Dalton MacAfee. MacAFee posted one goal, 15 assists, for 16 points in 28 games played with the Arrows. MacAFee actually had previously committed to Noter Dame, where his father was a standout football star, for Lacrosse. One tidbit I'd like to throw in here is that MacAfee played Medfield Youth Hockey as a squirt. The only reason I put this in is because I'm from Medfield and played in the same program a few years after Dalton. As far as I Know, he is the first player from MYH to commit to a Hockey East school. Maybe I'll be the second (haha never going to happen).
Anyway, back to the events of today. Last season's Assistant Captain, Justin Courtnall has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility and sign with the Boston Bruins. The decision comes very late into the off season and now leaves a hole that may not be filled prior to the season starting. Two days ago, the incoming freshman class was officially announced and I'm not sure if Parker can pull in another recruit before the season starts.
Last season, Courtnall racked up 4 goals, 3 assists, and a team leading 73 penalty minutes in 39 games played.
Personally, I don't think this is that big a loss. Courtnall took some really un-timely and might I add dumb penalties in the latter half of the year. The one that really stands out is his five minute hitting from behind major that Minnesota took full advantage of scoring twice in the five minute span. The penalty more or less cost the Terriers the game and a chance to move into the "Great Eight" of college hockey.
Cournally will likely play in either the ECHL or AHL next year. I would be SHOCKED if he played with the Bruins at all next year. Pro hockey may prove to be great for Court's though, as some of the ticky-tacky Hockey East calls will go uncalled.