Prospect Commits to BC; Beantown Performance

USHR had the story Wednesday of Ryan Fitzgerald, son of former NHLer Tommy Fitzgerald, making a commitment to BC.  While the younger Fitzy’s decision reportedly came down to Newton or UNH, everything I hear both on and off of the websites is that UMass was certainly part of the process for most of the recruitment.  USHR mentions that BU was interested as well but never got an official visit.

The coaching staff is certainly doing everything they can to pry these kids away from the established Hockey East schools, but it’s not easy.  At the very least, the fact that we’re mentioned with these kids and can even perhaps pull one out from under their noses (i.e. Mike Pereira) shows that progress is being made.  The problem for UMass right now is that their recent early defections hurt the team’s overall depth a lot more than even a BU who lost a ton last year but still recovered enough to finish with home ice.  We’ll see how things progress, but it is encouraging to see elite recruits consider UMass.  And Fitzgerald is not alone.  Towards the end of the season UMass got a visit from one of the top ’95s (birth year) out there and he visited BC and BU in the days that followed his trip to Amherst.  Can’t guarantee UMass will get these kids but the program certainly seems to be in the mix.


A FTT reader asked in a recent comment if anyone had any news on how our recruits did in the recent Beantown Classic.  I contemplated going to the games but decided not to.  In honesty, as the Bruins were playing the Penguins the night I could go I went home to watch that instead and ended up watching the B’s have some kind of voluntary free skate for two and a half hours instead.  Lesson learned.

Anyway, I don’t have any insight from the tourney, but I do have stats.  I believe each team played three games.  Conor Sheary had 2 goals and 2 assists while Mike Pereira had an assist.  Nick Gordon who visited UMass last fall had 3 assists.


Maine’s Tim Whitehead will be getting a contract extension.


Nice to see that professional hockey down the road in Springfield will continue, for another year at least.