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Bleav in BC Hoops, Ep. 7: Hurricane Madsen

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Boston College basketball is fresh off a back-to-back pair of ACC wins. After starting off slowly once again versus Louisville tipping off late on a Tuesday night, the Eagles found themselves in a hole at halftime. Thanks to a dominating second half, BC able to thwart the bottom falling out on their season with an 89-77 win over the Cardinals.

Saturday featured a packed Conte Forum featuring a CSOM-clad student section, and a juiced-up BC finally coming out of the gate hot. Mason Madsen continued his strong play in the starting lineup en route to a career-high seven 3-pointers and 25 points in the win over Miami.

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Details of the Draft: An Update on BC Commits Prior to a Weekend in Vegas

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When Dean Letourneau committed to BC last November, his plans to join the Eagles were not at the forefront of his mind. Instead, Letourneau was focused on his current season at St. Andrews College Prep in Canada, and breaking the school point record en route to a league championship. However, following the departure of former freshman phenom Will Smith to the San Jose Sharks, Letourneau got the call from Coach Greg Brown about a potential jump to the NCAA a year before he expected and did not think twice about taking the chance.

Along with Dean Letourneau who has rocketed up draft boards after a 127-point campaign on the u18 AAA circuit, two other BC committed skaters are set to have their names called tomorrow in Vegas at the 2024 NHL Entry Draft.

After their silver medal-winning tournament at the u18 Men’s World Championships away in Finland, Teddy Stiga and Will Skahan have consolidated rankings of 30 and 61 respectively which project them landing in the first two rounds of the draft.

Here is a breakdown of a few unfamiliar, yet realistic destinations for BC-committed skaters at this year’s draft:

Winnipeg Jets (Teddy Stiga)

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Set to pick at 37 on the second day, a BC commit has never been selected by the Winnipeg Jets, but given the diverse Jets prospect pool, the team may look Stiga’s way as a consistent 200 ft playmaking wing that can fit into any system and make an impact.

Dean Letourneau (Utah Hockey Club)

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After being awarded the equivalent of an expansion franchise for the 2024-25 season and beyond, the Utah Hockey Club will have a blank draft history going into tomorrow night. But, with GM Bill Armstrong’s previous history of drafting big players, selecting Dean Letourneau as a 6’6″ sniper at the center ice position is not an unrealistic thought.

Will Skahan (Seattle Kraken)

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Going into the weekend, the feeling among the Seattle Kraken organization is that they need to improve their blue line to be competitive and re-enter the playoff picture for next season. Therefore, they may look to Will Skahan at pick 63 as a stable, stay-at-home defenseman who can start the breakout. Here, Skahan would be the first BC commit to be drafted by the Kraken franchise before his tenure at Boston College.

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PODCAST: Bleav in BC Hoops, Ep. 9

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– Elite 8 experience and game talk

– End-of-season poll responses

– A whole lot of Mason, Chas and Eli love

& So much more too!

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Becoming Jack Malone: A Closer Look at Saturday’s Game-winning Goal Scorer

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For this season’s BC Men’s Hockey team, Jack Malone was never a name that jumped off the page from a fan’s perspective. Notable storylines for most of the season featured freshman phenoms Gabe Perreault, Will Smith, Ryan Leonard, and sophomore returnee Cutter Gauthier. However, as seasons transition to spring-time action, games naturally get tighter in the playoffs. At this point, teams look toward veteran leadership for effort and poise as teams clamp down on the big names down the stretch during clutch time.

In Saturday’s game versus defending champion Quinnipiac, that is exactly what happened. While Will Smith and Gabe Perreault were getting shut down and frustrated by the Bobcats, Jack Malone stepped up, buried the game-winning goal in overtime, and sent BC to their 26th Frozen Four appearance.

Back in January, we sat down with Malone after a loss versus Providence that felt like a playoff game by itself. After discussing details about Malone’s early playing career in New Jersey, we talked about the importance of the three seasons he spent at Cornell University. There Malone gained the necessary experience of practicing a 200-foot game at one of the most historic programs in the country. For a university that does not normally acquire the best recruits in the country, Malone mentioned the “non-negotiables” Cornell uses to win hockey games that he now emphasizes at BC. It takes a whole roster to win games in the NCAA tournament and on Saturday, Malone proved why.

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