Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bad. Kurker. WJC

A lot (noting good) has happened since I have been to a game. BU lost to Merrimack on the 6th and then tied the next night, despite (stop me if this sounds repetitive) getting heavily outshot. Last weekend I was unable to go to the Bentley, and thank God I didn’t go. BU lost 4-1 with Matt Lane scoring the lone Terrier goal.

Sam Kurker lets go a shot at
Northeastern last March.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Earlier this week the not so great news continued, as a report came out that Sam Kurker may be leaving the team to play juniors. The Indiana Ice of the USHL cut a backup goalie and added Kurker to their roster. If in fact he departs, he would have to sit out one calendar year from the day he leaves to come back and play at BU or any other college for that matter.

Kurker has one goal and no assists in nine games played this year. He has been the victim of some very untimely penalties throughout his career at BU. Last season, as a freshman straight out of St. Johns Prep, Kurker posted three goals, two assists for five points in 32 games played.

Kurker was supposed to play a year of juniors prior to coming to BU, but a late decommit by former recruit Robert Polesello forced BU into a tough place. There really was no time to find another recruit, so they asked Kurker (who was a second round draft pick by St. Louis before coming to BU) to come a year early.

Kurker showed signs of breaking out last year. He played his best hockey of his BU career in the Hockey East Quarter Finals, where he notched a clutch goal in Game 2 vs Merrimack. A lot of people thought he would take off after that series, but nothing really came out of it. He was held point-less for the remainder of last season and did not get on the score sheet until his sixth game of this year.

As of right now, Kurker is still at BU and is still on the BU hockey roster. More to come on this if he leaves in the next few days.


Last night the preliminary US World Junior team played their first exhibition game. Cuts still need to be made, but as of right now, there are five players on the roster with BU ties: Matt Grzeclyk and Danny O’Regan along with 2014 recruit Jack Eichel and former recruits Adam Erne and Anthony DeAngelo. Erne and DeAngelo, both decomitted two summers ago to play Major Juniors in Canada. DeAngelo posted an assist in Team USA’s 3-2 overtime win against Minnesota State last night.

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