For the third straight year, the Merrimack hockey program will host its end-of-season banquet at the Andover Country Club on May 1 beginning at 6 p.m.
You can RSVP by April 24 online today by clicking here and filling out applicable information or by calling the Merrimack Box Office at 978-837-5324.
The cost of the event, which includes a buffet dinner, is $50 per person. Acceptable forms of payment are credit card via online and phone order by April 24 or check or cash at the door.
Merrimack senior forward Ryan Flanigan was named a first-team Academic All-American by the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award on Friday night in Tampa, Fla.
Flanigan was the only finalist from Hockey East among the final group of 12 hockey student-athletes.
He joins Chad Billins (Ferris State), Jack Connolly (Minnesota-Duluth), Keir Ross (Cornell) and Paul Weisgarber (Air Force) on the first team.
A three-time and likely four-time Hockey East All-Academic selection, Flanigan was one of 12 Merrimack student-athletes to earn a 4.0 in the fall.
As an assistant captain, Flanigan led Merrimack with 18 assists, 29 points, a plus-20 rating and 108 shots on goal.
The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.
Thanks to the magic of Twitter, former Merrimack College captain Derek Pallardy tipped me off to a story of two CHL players — Ryan Hand of the Texas Brahmas and Brett Clouthier of the Allen Americans — who fought in Game 4 of their CHL playoff series last Friday night. No big deal, right? Except that the fight occurred during the CEREMONIAL faceoff. They were assessed penalties at 0:00 of the first period, and were both in the box for the game’s opening faceoff.
The players have a history. They’ve fought four times this season, including a tussle last month. Oh, and just five seconds after leaving the box for their unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, they went at it again.
Malden Catholic junior forward Mike Iovanna (’94), who scored the game-winning goal in last month’s Super 8 final against B.C. High, has committed to Massachusetts. He’s slated for the incoming class of 2013. It’s not known whether he will return to the Lancers for his senior season or play elsewhere next season.
A linemate of BU recruit Bredan Collier and BC recruit Ryan Fitzgerald, Iovanna, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound winger, totaled 47 points (15 goals, 22 assists) this past season.
According to a story from College Hockey News, posted from the Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla., Boston College freshman Johnny Gaudreau almost played his college hockey at the other end of Commonwealth Ave.
Last summer, Gaudreau rescinded his commitment from Northeastern after former head coach Greg Cronin resigned to take a job with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gaudreau was looking for another school, and according to the report, BU was going to make a play for the rookie. BU head coach Jack Parker reportedly asked for a decision from Charlie Coyle as to whether or not he would return for his sophomore season. Coyle, according to the report, said he was coming back to BU and the Terriers then had no scholarships available to offer Gaudreau. Long story short, he wound up with the Eagles, just completed a sensational rookie season and capped it with a national championship last night.
What makes it sting a bit more for the Terriers, though, is that Coyle left the team over the semester break and signed with the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL).
Boston College defeated Ferris State, 4-1, to win the 2012 Division 1 national championship on Saturday night in front of 18,818 fans in Tampa, Fla., a record crowd for a first-time host city.
It’s the Eagles’ third national title in five years, becoming the first team to accomplish that feat since Denver in the mid-1950s.
Boston College closed the season with a remarkable streak of 19 straight wins, the longest in school history. The Eagles finished the season 33-10-1 and didn’t lose after Jan. 21, which closed a weekend in which they were swept by Maine.
Merrimack College finished tied for second nationally in percentage attendance this season, filling up 99 percent of their seats during the 2011-12 season.
Merrimack’s average attendance (2,460) was 35th in the nation, with Lawler Arena holding 2,489 seats. Merrimack’s total attendance (41,815) was 36th nationally.
Air Force (101 percent) was tops in the nation in capacity while Wisconsin (11,773) and North Dakota (249,501) were tops in the nation in average and total attendance.