College Hockey:
Coyle departs Boston University for QMJHL

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Boston University sophomore forward Charlie Coyle has left the Terriers, according to a school press release issued Friday afternoon, and will sign with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League after the World Junior Championship, that according to a report Friday morning in the Terrier Hockey Fan Blog.

Coyle leaving is the second major departure this week for BU, as it already dismissed senior forward Corey Trivino on Monday.

“Charlie has decided that he would like to focus on beginning his professional hockey career,” said BU coach Jack Parker in a statement. “We respect his decision and certainly wish him all the best in the future.”

The U.S. Hockey Report states that Coyle was dismissed for ongoing academic issues.

One of Coyle’s agents refuted the report about academics.

“Contrary to speculation, he did not flunk out of BU,” Glen Giovanucci, who represents Coyle along with Bob Norton, said in an email. “He is leaving the world of being a student-athlete to play hockey on a full-time basis and pursue his goal of becoming an NHL player. Charlie loved his teammates [and] coaches and truly enjoyed playing hockey at BU.”

Coyle, a first-round pick of the San Jose Sharks in 2010 who had his rights dealt to the Minnesota Wild this past summer, has three goals and 14 points in 16 games this season after a 26-point freshman campaign a year ago when he was the Hockey East rookie of the year.

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  • Rothmeier91

    He’s a Sharks draftee, but his rights were traded to the Wild this past June.

  • Cmlobue

    I’ma BU fan, and I can see that something needs to change about the way the program is being run.  This, Trivino, the Saponaris… someone needs.  Much as I hate to say it, it may be time for Parker to move into a smaller role with the team (I can’t imagine him leaving totally until he dies) and get a new head coach who will exert a little more control over the players.

    • BC HE Fan

      As a BC fan, Coyle is a huge loss for BU. I do agree, it’s time for Parker to move into the next faze of his life. Just too many issues happening at BU lately. Players don’t normally just “up and leave” BU for the minors or pros. I feel for Coyle who’s walking away from a college education (does that tell us a little about his studies??); let’s hope he makes it at the next level and/or gets his degree at some point!

      Trivino and now Coyle … what else can go wrong for a BU team streaking towards the top of both Hockey East and the PWR?

      • BUFan

        “Players don’t normally up and leave BU”? Sure they do. They have for years, and many of them have had solid pro careers afterward. Colin Wilson, Keith Tkachuk, Tony Amonte, Kevin Shattenkirk to name a few over the years; even Parker himself admitted surprise that Matt Gilroy came back for his senior year. It’s not that uncommon.

        At the same time, I hate seeing guys leave early, and I do envy BC for seeming to graduate a higher percentage of players. And losing Trivino and Coyle in the same week is particularly devastating to BU’s high powered offense this year. 

    • BU ’93

      Okay, people need to take a deep breath on this.

      First, I am a BU alum and a season’s ticket holder for a long time.

      Second, the Coyle situation is different from the Trivino situation.  Yes, Parker tolerated Trivino’s drunken escapades for too long, and I am sure even he regrets how that turned out, but discipline issues, which most top flight schools handle, are different from academic issues.

      The third part is the most important.  What Coyle is going through, though quite different in manifestation, is common and normal.  In short, some kids aren’t cut out for college.  Chris Bourque wasn’t, Dan LaCouture wasn’t, and a host of hockey players weren’t, along with a host of non-athletes.  I went to BU on an academic scholarship (that means I was smart), and several of those at BU on my scholarship flunked out.  Unlike my cohort, Coyle has another option.  Good for him, and good luck with his career.  I know several people without B.S. or B.A.s that turned out fine, so things will be okay.

      Sure, in the short run the hockey team is a bit, well, screwed.  These things happen.  Players get injured (see Ryan Ruikka) and teams adjust.  In the long run, the program will be fine.

      • BigRed

        Went to BU on a scholarship therefore you are smart?

        A) No it really doesn’t

        B) Brag a bit….No one cares about your scholarship…I got an academic scholarship to Cornell….That means Im waaaay smarter then you

        • BU ’93

          SUNY Grad,

          You seem to miss my points.  The scholarship thing was to show that people do find college not their thing, both athletes and non-athletes.  Sure, if you are studying animal husbandry it might be okay, but when reading and writing papers is what is required, it is difficult to balance with athletics for some, so given the options between giving up a lucrative hockey career or scholarship, it was a no brainer for Coyle.

          My main point to this fellow Terrier poster was that just because a few players will not be back after the winter break doesn’t mean the program is lost.  Think about it, after making the Frozen Four in ’03, the Big Red lost LeNeveu to the pros in addition to Murray and Baby getting their aggie degrees, yet the program stayed strong…

          Oh, wait, I guess that is a bad analogy.

          Good luck with the crops this year.

        • BiggerandRedder

          As a current Cornell student, I can tell you that Cornell doesn’t give out academic scholarships. Good try, though 

  • Fishlakersmn

    Hopefully playing on a line with one of the Wilds first round draft pick of 2011 Zach Philips. 

  • Dbarts21

    This is just conjecture as of now. Coyle said in an interview that at the moment he’s still with BU

  • Anonymous

    Some of them BU boyes iss not two brite

    • Hockeyeastforlife

      Boy you just continue to show how truly ignorant you are, indeed. OK, Mr. Black Bear–do you remember Jeff Tory, who flunked out of a western school, and then transferred to Maine and played, even though he was academically ineligible? That was part of your disgraceful program in the mid 90′s, and started all the investigations into Maine’s wrong-doings. Take off your Black Bear goggles. I know you hicks up there hate BU, but to make fun of them for things you have done and worse…you are truly an uneducated fool a.k.a. typical Maine hockey fan.

  • Mr Hockey

    As a Minnesotan and Wild fan, I’m glad Coyle will be joining the organization next season. With Zucker at Denver and Granlund coming from Finland the Wild will have a some nice prospects coming. A player that is flying under the radar is Mario Lucia. He should be a Senior in high school but gave that up to play jr with Penticon. He’s committed to Notre Dame but my money says he won’t go to college at all. Lucia was invited to the Wilds development camp this summer. I went and watched that camp he was clearly just as good as Granlund. He played opposite of Grandlund during the camp and was on a line with Zucker and Phillips. I should also mention I don’t like it when a player leaves his college team during the season, Okposo did that when he was at Minnesota. If you want to leave early do it before the season or after, not during.

    • Sara

      I wish as a Minnesotan, I agreed with anything you just said about Mario Lucia.  There is not a chance he doesn’t go to college. Sorry, he’d get killed in pro hockey.

      • Mr Hockey

        Umm I think you’re wrong 6-2 190 lbs, he won’t get killed. He was one of the fastest skaters in the draft and the game is changing. If people are calling for Zucker, Phillips, Coyle and Grandlund to come to the Wild, what’s the difference? He’s bigger and stronger then these guys.

        • jerryj

          lucia was in no way one of the fastest skaters in the draft. his skating needs to improve a lot before he can even think about playing in the nhl

          • Mr Hockey

            I guess I should’ve said for people of 6 feet and bigger. Just saying I’d put my money on him playing another yr of junior hockey than going to Notre Dame. I still say he’ll be in Houston in the next 2yrs.

          • Mr Hockey

            Lucia was ranked in the top 30 in 2011 Entry Draft. I guess some scouts believe in him also! If he needs to improve so much, then why did the Wild trade up in the draft to take him?

          • Fan Man

            Maybe because he is from Minnesota?????  I was at the draft, maybe they just wanted to get a rise outta all the wild fans that were there…    I dont know j/k

    • Anonymous

      granlund is 10 times as good as lucia idk what planet you are from

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IBX3ZLT5XKNZDOL2YZHPVX27VI STEVEN P

    As a Wild fan,but a college hockey fan first and foremost,I am upset with Coyle’s decision to leave BU for the QMJHL,and do not believe for a moment his given reason for leaving. In my opinion,NCAA D1 hockey is still the better route for development for most young hockey players. Mr Hockey,I also attended the Wild’s tryout camp,and Granlund was head and shoulders above any other player on the ice. Personally,I thought Lucia’s youth and inexperience,as well as lack of physical strength ,were clearly evident,and he is at least 3 years (and 25 pounds)away from any shot at making the Wild roster.

    • Mr Hockey

      6-2 195, how much more weight do you want him to put on? Did you miss the shot he sniped over Matt Hacketts glove hand! You also need to remember Lucia was only 17 when that camp was held. He’ll play more junior hockey before he goes to Notre Dame. I just don’t think  a kid like Lucia will benefit from playing college hockey, his game will develop better playing jr hockey. Jamie Lagenbrunner never attended college, Lucia is more skilled and faster then JL was at the same age. Yes, Granlund was the star of the show but after him Lucia was right with the rest of the top prospects.

    • Mr Hockey

      Lucia is bigger than Mikko Koivu, thought you might like to know. He is young and I understand that but his skills are far better than people realize.

  • Spidermonkey86

    The rats are fleeing the ship


    If he is still an amateur, how can he already have an agent?

  • Paulis77 (BU Alum)

    True – Jack needs to start looking more closely at the all stars he’s “drafting” – Bourque and now Coyle most recently and make sure they have SOME level of commitmnet to academia.

    But – How about some accountability starting at home??  All these parents dishing out 1,000s on 1,000s of dollars year in and year out for elite leagues, AAU, clinics, tournaments, etc.  How often did Mr & Mrs Coyle ever check in Charlie’s progress with grades?

    Yeah – college is hard.  But guess what – Life is gard too.  Time to grow up boys – reality check.

    • Paulis77

      oops – **Life is hard too

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