March 6, 2012

BU's Parker won't applaud Coyle's success, NHL contract

By Jesse Connolly

Boston University coach Jack Parker was understandably miffed when sophomore Charlie Coyle (Weymouth, Mass.) abruptly left the school in December, joining the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. 

Charlie Coyle stated his reason for leaving BU in December was to focus solely on hockey. (Dave Arnold Photography)

The 20-year-old forward signed an entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild – who acquired his rights in an offseason trade – last week. Parker was asked about the news recently and, two-plus months removed from Coyle’s departure, is still singing the same tune.

"I haven’t kept up with him at all," Parker told the Boston Hockey Blog. "I would presume he would be able to score easier in that league against 16- or 17-year-olds." 

In 18 games for the Sea Dogs, Coyle has racked up 12 goals and 17 assists for a total of 29 points. He had a ho-hum line of 3-11-14 in 16 tilts for the Terriers.

"The quality of play can be shown by somebody that you see come here and barely gets a point and then he goes up there and gets 20," Parker said last week. "It’s a lot easier and it’s not as good a competition. Charlie was an 18-year-old as a freshman and a 19-year-old here and playing 22-, 23-, 24- and sometimes 25-year-olds.

“Now he is a 19-year-old playing against 17-year-olds. There is no way that’s as good for him. But it looks better on his stat sheet."

In addition to noting that BU’s top players could easily mirror Coyle’s success if they defected to the QMJHL, the legendary bench boss snuck in one final zinger.

"Unless you’re real dumb or you don’t want to go to school at all and want nothing to do with school, or you're an 18 year-old phenom that is going to be in the NHL at 19, college hockey is the way to go," Parker said.