New Minnesota Wild GM Paul Fenton has hired as an assistant former Terrier Jack Ferreira, the man who gave him a scouting job with San Jose when Fenton's playing career ended. Ferreira was also GM of the previous Minnesota team, the Stars. https://www.hockeywilderness.com/201...n-front-office
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The BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI is liquidating some of the various artifacts they have acquired through the years. One of the items is a Boston University jersey signed by the team.
I would guess this is from 1997 when Michigan appeared in the Frozen Four at the BC. This looks like a game-worn jersey from Billy Pierce, with a Captain's C on the chest.
Take a look and see if this is something you might want to add to your collection.
From this outsiders perspective, I think BU made the right decision going with Albie as well. The guy has built some good experience, he's put his time in, and it provides continuity, and it would be very hard to say that he doesn't deserve it.
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Frozen Four appearances since 98'
BC - 12
BU - 2
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Here's his twitter feed: https://twitter.com/CHN_AdamWodon/with_replies?lang=en
You'll have a hard time backing up the assertion that he was shilling for Bennett based on those tweets. FYI the BU fans in his mentions seem just as butt hurt about mildly critical comments about the BU hiring process as he does responding to them.
BU's AD locked himself in a bubble during this process and it's going to cost this storied program dearly.
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However, those two seem very eager to throw some suspense and drama into this process and they have produced nothing to back that up. The below tweet is particularly ridiculous.
BU's AD locked himself in a bubble during this process and it's going to cost this storied program dearly. https://t.co/ffdzAzWDsP— Adam Wodon (@CHN_AdamWodon) June 4, 2018
Where I will agree with Wodon is that BU shouldn't have eliminated candidates that didn't graduate. That is kind of silly IMO. People can coach NHL without graduating but not at BU? I know the response would be something like BU is a high-end University and should have a college graduate coaching. Well my response would be BU has been recruiting players for years that we know will never graduate before they even set foot on campus. Makes that point a bit hypocritical, no?
FYI - to be clear, I am completely supportive of hiring Albie. Not the exciting pick that Quinn was IMO, but likely the right pick.
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Best of luck to Albie. I echo the sentiments of most here, especially given that I have frequently emphasized the "continuity" component. I was glad to see that he was rewarded for his time, effort and commitment to the program. Regarding the Bennett talk, if they were going to hire an "outsider," he would have been about the last person I would have wanted to see. I don't feel as though it will have a negative impact on recruiting at all, and I wouldn't be surprised to see things move forward without missing a beat.
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the "never graduated" issue is a significant part of what I'm talking about.— Adam Wodon (@CHN_AdamWodon) June 6, 2018
Okay, I have read through the tweets. I think they were very out of line. I also read through some of their other tweets that are not hockey related, and can definitely see that their tweets regarding BU probably are not out of the norm for their personalities. I do not think Albie O'Connell was the best person for the job, but I don't think it is going to cost the program "dearly." I don't think it will cost us much, I imagine things will stay pretty consistent and similar to the past four years.
I have no problem with requiring a college degree for the job. As someone posted the other day, isn't that a NCAA rule? Or at least something that is standard across the NCAA? I mean, come on - you want a job that pays several hundred thousand? Get a degree. It's not that tough. If Sacco couldn't get it done by September, then he shouldn't be eligible for the position. If Pandolfo could, then I think he should have been given strong consideration.
The aspect that I disagree with the most is the idea that we need a coach who is going to stick around for decades and decades. Our coaches don't all need to be Jack Parker. Yes, it isn't great that we had a coaching search again, five years later (can't blame Quinn at all - way too much money to pass up). It was probably sooner than most people expected - I figured more around the 10-year mark. But if you thought David Qiunn was going to coach at BU for 30 years, then you are insane. How many coaches have done that in the history of college hockey? Four or five? But I think you need to get the best coach available, even if he "might" leave after awhile for an NHL head coach position. There are way too many factors that go into that to be able to predict that a potential hire will ever get that call, let alone have it be the right situation with the right money offered. Not offering the job to someone like Pandolfo because he might want to be an NHL head coach someday? Sounds like a big mistake to me. Not talking to Hynes? I don't know ... that whole situation is weird, anyway. Rather than go for it and get a great coach, they got a guy who is one step down from that. Decent hire, but not great. Which is probably how we'll describe his career when it is over. I know we're going to be looking at a dysfunctional, underachieving power play. I just hope he recognizes his own weaknesses and gets a strong associate HC to do strategy, x's and o's, in-game adjustments. Who knows, maybe he was better at that stuff than Quinn and Quinn just never let him get his ideas out.
With that being said, I think anyone who thought BU would hire Bennett is an idiot. Including Bennett, if he actually thought that. Blow up the program and change to a completely different style of coaching, recruiting, and playing the game? No thanks. Bennett would know that, too. I am sure they brought him in (and probably considered other coaches, too) to get an outside idea of things. What are other coaches like, etc. Doing their due diligence. I don't think they strung him along at all. Do these writers really thing the AD and President and VP are going to waste their time interviewing candidates? The other thing to consider here is that these clowns at CHN were the ones who said Bennett was a candidate at BU. Everything started from them. Was he really a final candidate for the job?
My final thought is that, five or so years from now, we are going to be sitting here saying, "Man, we should've hired Freddy Meyer." He will end up being the Hynes of the last coaching search.
I previously stated my opinion that BU should hire Albie, so I want to thank Drew and BU for doing so and to congratulate Albie on his promotion and wish him and BU great success. I do, however, have one request: bring back the traditional jerseys worn for most of the past 50 seasons.
As for Adam Wodon:
https://twitter.com/CHN_AdamWodon/st...27747632123905Give a read here ... BU is stumbling through this hire this time around. They have unnecessarily narrowed their pool of candidates to try to find someone who will stay a while. These days, the NCAA/NHL bond is strong, so good people may leave. So what. Don't shoot self in foot.
What I find most interesting about this is I didn't read anything like it when Denver hired David Carle as head coach. No talk about DU's AD costing their program dearly for hiring an assistant with no head coaching experience over Coach Bazin. And compare the two CHN articles. In the fourth paragraph of the article on Carle's hire, after a glowing paragraph of him being the youngest DI head coach since 1999 and a single sentence paragraph that he was he was offered the UAA position, it states "...but Denver went through with a lengthy interview process that included a long look at Massachusetts-Lowell's Norm Bazin.". Yet no knock on Carle for his lack of head coaching experince. In fact the article makes sure to let it be known that Carle had starting coaching as a freshman in college, so he had 4 more years of coaching experience than others his age. Now compare that to the article on BU hiring Coach O'Connell where, in the second paragraph it states "Though he has never been a head coach on any level, O'Connell has been an assistant at a variety of New England schools consistently since he started coaching in 2003." Pretty much a straight slap in the face.
I was also surprised by Joe Meloni's tweet
Albie has spent 15 seasons as an assistant coach in the college ranks and it's a "hell of an ascent"? Yet when I do a search for similar tweets about Coach Carle I don't find any. Which is strange because it would seem that Coach Carle had more of a "hell of an ascent". And I don't recall any such concern when North Dakota promoted Brad Berry within 24 hours of Dave Hakstol resigning and being named the Flyers head coach. No national search, no looking at top head coaches, and yet nothing about how UND made a mistake.Hell of an ascent for Albie in the last few years. BU is in an interesting spot right now.
Oh, and I really like that the CHN article on Albie being named head coach states Coach Parker stayed for the next 30 years. They can't even get a simple and well known fact correct.
Although it didn't always look like it, BU's PP was one of the more effective ones in the league.
It was the penalty killing this past year thst was pretty woeful. Who was in-charge of that unit?
Albie's assistant coaching hires will tell a lot about him. A solid head coach will hire strong assistants in areas that he recognizes his own weaknesses.
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