With Boston College men’s hockey’s season opener just 25 days away, we continue our day-by-day roster countdown with #25, forward and captain Marc McLaughlin.
Marc McLaughlin carries into 2021-22 the rare honor of being a multi-season captain for the Eagles, having been elected captain prior to last season.
McLaughlin, a 6’0’’, 202-point forward from North Billerica, MA will be expected to be a key contributor for BC this year in addition to his strong leadership as captain.
In 2020-21, McLaughlin made a big leap forward ni production, scoring 10 goals and 24 points in 24 games. His previous career high was 12 points in 34 games in 2019-20. He was always known as a strong two-way player who played with ‘sandpaper’ and was a key piece of previous teams, but last year was when his offensive talent started to shine through.
With the departure of BC’s top scoring line to the pros, the hope is that McLaughlin will be able to step into an even bigger role and continue to grow the offensive portion of his game, while also still being the solid defensive forward he’s been since setting foot on the Heights.
McLaughlin produced one of the true highlights of the season in 2021, scoring a shorthanded overtime winner at the Whittemore Center to beat UNH 3-2 in a hotly contested game.
BC was sent to the box for a phantom penalty (see video below) in the final seconds of regulation, forcing the Eagles into a 4-on-3 situation to start OT - only for McLaughlin to pull a “puck don’t lie” move and end the game with a BC win.
The play embodied everything we’ve loved watching about McLaughlin - the leadership and awareness combining with the slick offensive skill that showed more and more this past season - and we’ll hope to see more of it in the season to come.