Timmy Busconi wants to get after it in a big way for the 2021-22 hockey season.
After all, he could count on two hands and two feet the amount of games he played last year due to COVID restrictions. His USPHL 16U season with the Boston Advantage was limited to four league games and three March playoff games, in addition to a smattering of non-league games.
However, as limited as was the 2004-born defenseman’s season, it was still impressive enough for Boston University to take notice. Busconi - en route to the Advantage USPHL 18U squad for 2021-22 - committed this week to the Terriers, expecting to start at Commonwealth Avenue in 2023.
“They’d been watching me for a little bit, and they really got to watch me at the Lovell Hockey Combine. They saw me, saw what they liked, had me up on a visit and made me an offer,” he said. “It’s a really exciting time.”
Growing up in Milton, Mass., Busconi grew up just a stone’s throw away from Terrier territory, so he saw them rack up five of their 30 Beanpot Championships, four of their nine Hockey East Championships and their 2009 National Championship (their fifth overall) just during his 16-year lifetime.
“Whether it’s the National Tournament, Hockey East Tournament, Beanpot - they have a winning tradition, and that’s what I really like,” said Busconi. “The education there is obviously world-class. If I can get a four-year degree, that’d be amazing. The coaching staff is amazing as well - they’re all very experienced guys and are leading the program in a great direction.”
Busconi is preparing for another big season with the Advantage’s 18U squad after a very broken-up 16U year due to the pandemic.
“We played [very few] games this year, including against teams from around [Boston] that weren’t part of the USPHL. We played the Islanders Hockey Club and Junior Bruins a good amount, and we went to the playoffs in Pennsylvania,” said Busconi.
He’s hoping that with his USPHL 18U season is much more complete, and looks forward to another season working with Advantage coaches Eric Healey, Rich Brennan and Kevin Poulin.
“I’m going to stay with the Advantage this year, moving up to the 18U this year. I’m going to be with the same coaches of my last 10 years. They’re all great guys,” Busconi added.
Indeed, Busconi has been a career Advantage player going back to his Mite years, celebrating already a decade with the organization.
“It’s a great program, with a lot of personal development, along with skills and skating development,” said Busconi. “I’ve been going to their summer camps for as long as I can remember, I love going. It’s awesome, I love being around the Advantage organization, and how they’ve helped me with the steps they’ve taken. I’m excited to get started.”
He can point to several areas in which the Advantage have helped him improve his game the past year, despite the stop-start nature of 2020-21.
“I think I developed a lot, my game matured a little bit, probably just making simple passes, and not trying to do too much on the ice,” said Busconi. “My skating the last few years has improved a lot, thanks to the skating amps with Lovell Hockey.”
The USPHL congratulates Tim Busconi, his family, the Boston Advantage and Boston University for his commitment.