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Mens Ice Hockey: Reflection on 2012-13, high expectations for 2013-14

It is safe to say that this past hockey season for BC wasn't like the magical 2011-12 season. Sure, the Eagles finished 6th in the country, but they were disappointed with an early exit to Union in Providence at the NCAA tournament. There could be lot of explanations for this, like head coach Jerry York's absence in the games leading up to the tournament, or maybe they just had bad luck. I think, that although the addition of Mike Matheson was very positive, the freshman class was not as good as the senior class that left last year, and did not have as good depth. The Eagles lost key defensive players like Tommy Cross and Brian Dumoulin, as well as big scorers like Paul Carey, Chris Kreider, and Barry Almeida.

Even though this past year had a disappointing ending, the Eagles of 2013-14 have much higher expectations than the 2012-13 Eagles. Even though we will be missing key players Pat Mullane, Steven Whitney, Patch Alber, and of course Parker Milner, the incoming class is looking very bright. First off, Parker Milner will be replaced by Thatcher Demko, who played for the USA U-18 team, putting up good games against UNH and Merrimack. Fans have compared Demko to current All-American goaltender Jon Gillies, a freshman from Providence. New additions next year include Adam Gilmore, (drafted in the 4th round by Minnesota) Chris Calnan, (3rd round draft pick by Chicago) Evan Richardson, who had 55 points in the BCHL last year. Also, 3 very key freshman next year will be Ryan Fitzgerald (a very highly touted prospect), Ian McCoshen, who was the #1 un-comitted prospect before BC signed him, and Matt Gaudreau, who is Johnny Gaudreau's brother. This incoming freshman class will add great depth, while replacing the departing senior class well.

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