Wonder if Tom Welby will be his first hire 😉
It's just been posted on FB by the official BU men's hockey page that Albie O'Connell is the new HC of the Terriers.
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I am so relieved. I think Albie will do well.
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Good choice IMO
Jerry Keefe an early candidate for the vacant associate HC position per Jeff Cox. He's a longtime friend of Albie.
Good, sound choice. Heís had enough assistant experience in a wide variety of other schoolís programs to be well prepared. This should retain most of the recruits in the pipeline as well. It will be very interesting to see how the rest of the staff fills out.
A hire with zero sentimental value (like Bennet) may have been enough to finally cut the cord.
That being said, Iím psyched for the hire and hope he keeps the momentum going.
Good luck Coach Albie
BU got it right. Albie deserved the position.
Good for Albie. Hope it works out for him. As for Jerry Keefe why the hell would Mad Dog ever let him go? If the rumors are true that he runs things at Northeastern and is really the one in charge then Northeastern will have to pay up to keep him. No way Madigan lets Keefe go to BU of all places.
I was formerly a tasty 7-11 beverage. Now I'm a fan of defunct hockey teams.
BU absolutely made the right choice. Albie is the right coach for both right now and long-term.
Hiring Bennett would've been a colossal risk for BU, one that I think would've been costly for BU in multiple ways -- buyout from existing contract, lost $$$$ from ticket sales & FOH donations, and Bennett being a flight risk from day 1 if the NHL or his alma mater came calling.
I also perceive that Bennett (or someone in his camp) has been going to his "friends" in the media to promote him. In recent days I've seen at least 4 prominent college hockey media folks "go to bat" for him on Twitter advocating him for the BU job. In the last 1-2 days, 2 of these writers -- both of whom mostly cover the ECAC for the same outlet -- have, IMO, pretty much revealed themselves as shills for Bennett. These 2 writers have been particularly critical towards the BU administration over the search/hiring process, using other BU candidates reportedly in the mix as examples as disguise for them promoting Bennett. One writer has also been patting himself on the back on Twitter for drawing the ire of the BU fan base.
I also learned that Union's President is stepping down; he's reportedly a huge supporter of the hockey program and I presume Bennett has a strong relationship with him. With that in mind, I speculate Bennett may have been using the BU opportunity to get his name out there by leveraging folks in the media whom he has a good rapport with to promote him. This is NOT the type of head coach I want at BU, nor anywhere for that matter.
In any event, I think BU is in very good hands with Albie and it'll be interesting to see how he rounds out his staff.
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