When Matt Gilroy tried out for the Boston University men’s hockey team as a walk-on his freshman year, he couldn’t even stick on at his natural position. Coaches told Gilroy, a native of North Bellmore, N.Y., to switch from forward to defense if he wanted to make the squad. Four seasons later, the three-time All-American defenseman is now the Hobey Baker Award winner as the most outstanding player in college hockey.
Six months ago, they took to the ice for the first time, a mix of talent and energy, but not quite a team. Tonight, they will stand together at the blue line, collectively poised to take one step closer to winning a national championship.
On a late February evening, while the Boston University hockey team unloaded from the bus upon returning from a road trip, Jack Parker offered freshman Kieran Millan a lift.
The ‘second season’ is in full bloom, and the first-year players on the Boston University men’s hockey team don’t look like freshmen anymore. Although the Terriers’ deep group of seniors did most of the grunt work to get the team into the postseason, the rookies are beginning to flex their muscles and leave an imprint on every game the team plays.
The Boston University men’s ice hockey team looked to be a step behind the University of New Hampshire throughout the majority of last night’s Northeast Regional final. At the end of the game, however, it was an arm’s length that catapulted BU to its first Frozen Four appearance since 1997.