Boston Junior Bruins
Playoffs: Dineen Cup Champions
Outlook: The Junior Bruins came from being down one game to zero, and down 3-2 heading into period 3 of Game 2 of the Dineen Cup finals to put together an epic comeback and win the title.
“We had very big expectations last year and those expectations came to fruition,” said Anderson. “This year, it’s a bit of an older group with returners, but we also have good ‘02’s and ‘03’s. It’s a great mix that I’m excited about.”
Top returning players: The Junior Bruins return Johnny Mulera (UConn), Zach Pellegrino (Bentley), Michael Brown (Merrimack), Nik Allain (Yale) and Ryan Lovett (Dartmouth), as well as Bradey Farrell and Frankie Ireland. Anderson expects Division 1 commitments this year for the latter pair.
Top newcomers: Thomas Gale, a Dartmouth commit, takes over in net for Quinnipiac-bound Yaniv Perets. Colin Graf (‘02) moves up from the Junior Bruins’ 18U team, while Alex Coady, Michael Holland, Will Gillson, and Quinnipiac recruit and “top-end ‘03” Jack Silich will help set the tone for this new Junior Bruins team.
“What makes this process early in the season so much fun is that newcomers always surprise you and exceed expectations,” said Anderson. “It’s exciting to see who emerges as leaders and impactful players early on.”