July 31, 2014

McCoshen, Erne, Malone among invitees for U.S. junior team

BC defenseman Ian McCoshen is one of 12 players with local ties who were invited to the U.S. National Junior Team evaluation camp, set for Aug. 2-9 in Lake Placid, N.Y. (Photo/Dave Arnold)

By Bill Keefe

Twelve players with local ties, including six Boston College players, were invited to the U.S. National Junior Team evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., Aug. 2-9.

Incoming BU freshman forward Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.), Quebec Remparts forward Adam Erne (North Branfield, Conn.) and BC defensemen Ian McCoshen and Steve Santini, plus Eagles goalie Thatcher Demko, are the returning players from last year’s team.

The other Eagles invited are defensemen Scott Savage and incoming freshmen Sonny Milano and Alex Tuch.

Also invited to camp are Yale forward John Hayden (Greenwich, Conn.), Providence defenseman Anthony Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.), Quinnipiac defenseman Connor Clifton and Harvard forward Sean Malone.

The 2015 World Junior Championship is set for Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Toronto and Montreal.

Around juniors

USA Hockey’s board of directors and the Junior Council instituted for this upcoming season a 10-minute misconduct penalty to accompany any five-minute fighting major for both the USHL and NAHL. According to the United States of Hockey blog and hockeyfights.com, there were 226 fights in the 16-team USHL last year and 348 fights in the 24-team NAHL last year.

Canadian Junior A hockey established an automatic ejection for any 
fighting major beginning in 2015-16. …

Vermont assistant Kevin Patrick and BC assistant Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) are both serving in the same role for the U.S. National Junior Team. Mike Sullivan (Marshfield, Mass.) is a camp coach. …

Alex Tuch was honored as a co-recipient of the USHL Scholar-Athlete Award after posting 64 points in 61 games for the U.S. Under-18 team combined with a 4.0 grade-point average at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich. …

After helping the Junior Bruins to a national championship, 1996-born defenseman Zach Malatesta (Wilmington, Mass.) has signed with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL.

Malatesta, Moncton’s 11th-round pick in the 2013 Q draft, had 16 points in 42 regular-season games before posting six points in six USPHL playoff games and three more in five national playoff games.

Moncton head coach Darren Rumble told hockeyscene.com, “He is just what we’ve been looking for back on the point, a guy to take charge of our power play and quarterback it; we’re very excited to have Zach joining our club.”

In Moncton, Malatesta will join a pair of former Junior Bruins in forward Conor Garland (Scituate, Mass.) and defenseman Tucker White (Holden, Mass.). The Wildcats feature two other New England natives in forwards Will Smith (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Stephan Seeger (Stamford, Conn.). ...

Northern Cyclones goalie Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.), who led the Eastern Hockey League in save percentage at .936 and was second in goals-against average at 1.88, will play for the Tewksbury, Mass.-based Boston Junior Rangers to play closer to home.

Morelli was a key part of the Cyclones’ rally from two games down to win the best-of-five EHL championship and their run to the national semifinals. …

The Junior Mariners of the Northern States Hockey League named one-time former coach Keith Wallace their new head coach. Since coaching the Mariners from 2003-05, the Charlestown, Mass., native coached the Boston Junior Blackhawks, the Boston Harbor Wolves of the EJHL, St. Clement High School in Medford, Mass., and most recently was an assistant at Becker College. …

Boston Jr. Shamrocks goalies Kia Castonguay (Ipswich, Mass.) and Kassie Abbott (Medford, Mass.), forwards Jessica Jacques (North Reading, Mass.), Kathleen McHugh (Billerica, Mass.) and Taylor Wenczkowski (Rochester, N.H.), and defensemen Alexandra Peper and Madison Truax (Gardner, Mass.) will be attending the National Development Camp being held at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn., July 9-15. …

The Shamrocks are hosting free sled hockey sessions on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. in July and August at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass., for anybody interested in trying the game.

Parents, kids, teenagers and their family members with and without disabilities are welcome to try it out. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and USA Hockey have provided sleds and sticks, and Orange Leaf of Lexington, Mass., has donated helmets, gloves and ice time. ...

Tony DeSilva, the former coach and operator of the defunct Massachusetts Maple Leafs junior hockey team, pled no contest to a felony charge of using a computer to seduce a child in a Florida court on June 27. Accused of having sexually explicit conversations with two boys, DeSilva, 43, was sentenced to the 244 days in jail he had served and 58 months of probation with a number of conditions at a plea hearing before Judge Catherine Combee in Polk County Circuit Court in Bartow, Fla.

DeSilva founded the Maple Leafs in 1997-98. The team played in the Continental Hockey Association, which had become the Eastern States Hockey League by the 2012-13 season when DeSilva was arrested. The Boch Blazers acquired the Maple Leafs and the club went on to win the league title in 2012-13 and compete in the national playoffs. ...

USA Hockey and Mass Hockey suspended Denis Barrette from coaching the Valley Junior Warriors Metropolitan Junior Hockey League team after he was charged May 22 with four counts of indecent assault and battery, three of which involved a child under 14.

Barrette pled not guilty. He was released on $5,000 bail with a condition that he not coach children under 16. At a June 26 pre-trial conference in Salem, Mass., Superior Court, an Aug. 12 date was set to hear motions, according to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.          

This article originally appeared in the July edition of the New England Hockey Journal. Click here to read the digital edition for free.

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