Four Men’s Ice Hockey Terriers Ink Deals to Play Professionally
Next year’s BU captain and alternates named as well
Year in and year out, the Boston University men’s ice hockey program churns out professional players. This year is no different: four Terriers have inked contracts to play professionally as the 2019-2020 BU campaign ended, three of them with the National Hockey League.
Trevor Zegras inked his entry-level NHL deal with the Anaheim Ducks, and Cam Crotty with the Arizona Coyotes. Patrick Harper signed with the Nashville Predators, and this year’s team captain, Patrick Curry has signed an American Hockey League contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Zegras’ and Crotty’s deals are for three years, Harper’s and Curry’s for two. Here’s a look at their BU careers.
Meet the 2020-2021 men’s hockey Terriers captain and alternate captains
Also in the flurry of off-season hockey news, Logan Cockerill (SHA’21) will wear the “C” as BU’s hockey team captain next season, and Ty Amonte (SHA’21), Kasper Kotkansalo (COM’21), and David Farrance (CAS’21) will be alternate captains. Cockerill was an alternate captain this past season.
“We were very excited that Logan was voted by his teammates to be the next captain of BU hockey,” says Albie O’Connell (CAS’99), BU head coach. “Logan is a natural leader and his competitive spirit on and off the ice is infectious. He has big shoes to fill with Patrick Curry graduating, but after wearing an ‘A’ this year as a junior, he has already demonstrated that he can lead. We’re confident that Logan will be able to keep the team connected and focused during these difficult times.”
Cockerill’s NHL rights are owned by the New York Islanders, but he is returning for his final season to captain the Terriers. As a sophomore, he earned a silver medal with Team USA at the 2019 World Juniors.
Of the four members of the 2019-2020 Boston University men’s ice hockey roster to sign pro contracts this spring, two, Crotty and Zegras, still had eligibility remaining.
Farrance’s decision not to sign with the Nashville Predators and return to BU was a bit surprising. A top-10 finalist for the 2020 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given annually to the top National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s ice hockey player, Farrance led NCAA defensemen in points and goals, finishing the year with 14 goals and 29 assists, for 43 points. He also led all blueliners with nine power-play goals and was named a Hockey East Top Performer seven times this season and a Hockey East First Team All-Star.