NCAA hockey: Getting to know Boston University

Boston University senior defenseman David Farrance.

Boston University senior defenseman David Farrance.

Boston University faces St. Cloud State in the second game of the NCAA men’s hockey tournament’s Northeast Regional at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Times Union Center.

The Terriers, who are the third seed in the regional, play in Hockey East. Due to issues related to COVID-19, the Terriers’ season didn’t start until Jan. 8.They were 10-3-1 in Hockey East and are 10-4-1 overall. BU lost to UMass Lowell in the Hockey East Tournament quarterfinals.

Here are five things to know about Boston University.


The Terriers are playing in the NCAAs for the 37th time, and for the first time since 2018. They have qualified for five of the last six NCAA tournaments.

BU has reached the regional final in three of the last four tries.


BU played in one of the longest games in NCAA hockey history.

On March 26, 2000, the Terriers faced St. Lawrence in the second round of the East Regional at Pepsi Arena (now Times Union Center). The score was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation … and the first overtime … and the second overtime … and the third overtime.

BU goalie Rick DiPietro and St. Lawrence goalie Derek Gustfson put on a show for the fans, stopping shot after shot to keep the game going.

Finally, at 3:53 of the fourth OT, Robin Carruthers beat DiPietro to send the Saints to the Frozen Four. The game, which started at noon, ended around 6 p.m.

The game action lasted 123:53. At the time, it was the second-longest game in NCAA hockey history. It is now No. 5.

BU’s backup goalie that day was former Union associate head coach Jason Tapp.


The Terriers have 13 NHL draft picks on their roster. Three of them are Chicago Blackhawks selections — defenseman Alex Vlasic, forward Jake Wise and goalie Drew Commesso.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings have two each. The Hurricanes’ picks are defensemen Domenick Fensore and Cade Webber. The Red Wings have forwards Robert Mastrosimone and Ethan Phillips.

The other draft picks are forwards Logan Cockerill (New York Islanders), Jay O’Brien (Philadelphia Flyers), Dylan Peterson (St. Louis Blues) and Luke Tuch (Montreal Canadiens), and defensemen David Farrance (Nashville Predators) and Case McCarthy (New Jersey Devils).


Long-time Capital Region hockey fans will remember Jack Kelley, who died last September at the age of 91, as the director of player personnel for the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings from 1982-93.

Kelley was also a successful head coach at BU. He posted a 206-80-8 record from 1962-72. Under Kelley, the Terriers won five ECAC Hockey championships and back-to-back NCAA titles in 1971 and 1972.


Of course, you can’t mention BU hockey without Jack Parker.

Parker, who played for Kelley, became the Terriers’ head coach in 1973 and was behind the bench for 40 years. He posted an 897-472-115 record and won three national championships (1978, 1995 and 2009) and was runner-up three times (1991, 1994 and 1997).

Parker retired in 2013.

Albie O’Connell is the current head coach at BU.

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