The Boston College Eagles picked up a big commitment for the 2010 season from defenseman Adam Clendening. Clendening is a highly profiled offensive defenseman who played with Toronto Marlies last season. He had 4 goals and 33 assists in 50 contests. This year he will be playing with United States National Team Development Program Under 17 Team. At the Select 16's, he had three assists in five games.
The Eagles have been picking up five star prospects all summer. Chris McCarthy who played with Berkshire Academy last season will be joining the Under 18 Team this season. Kenny Ryan will also join the Eagles for the 2010 season. He's also on the Under-18 Team this season. They also got a commitment from another prep star in Chris Kreider. They also got a commitment from Billy Arnold for the 2011 season. He had a very good summer with the Under 17 team that played in Europe a few weeks ago.
Will Chasen Bailey follow his good friend to Boston College. He played with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens where he had 38 goals and 109 assists and will be with the Under-17 Team. The question becomes will Clendening be at the Chestnut Hill two years from now? They're both draft pick of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Some think they're London bound already. Next summer should be interesting if they go they route because the NTDP will play hardball if they do.
UMass-Lowell got a commitment from Newmarket Hurricane (OPJHL) defenseman Julian Melchiori for the fall of 2010.
Hockey Canada officially introduces Pat Quinn as Head Coach of the World Junior Team.
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