Boston University has added an offensive piece for the future and a player with some more NHL bloodlines as Austin Prep rising junior Bobo Carpenter committed to the program and could join the Terriers as early as 2015.
On the team that fell short to three-peat champion Malden Catholic in the Massachusetts Super 8 this past March at TD Garden, Carpenter was second in scoring with 16 goals and 14 assists in 24 games as a sophomore.
"He is a coach's dream," AP head coach Lou Finocchiaro told The Daily Free Press of the North Reading resident and his captain this coming winter. "His work ethic is phenomenal. His positiveness on the ice, off the ice, in the locker room is impeccable. ... He is a phenomenal hockey player."
He is the second player to commit to the Terrier program since Jack Parker's retirement, joining incoming rookie forward Nick Roberto from Kimball Union Academy. Boston College, Providence College and the University of New Hampshire all showed interest in Carpenter, according to Finocchiaro, a Saugus native and former assistant coach of Chris Serino at Merrimack College.
Bobo's father Bobby was the first American citizen to go from high school immediately to the NHL, where he went on to play 18 seasons, including four for the Boston Bruins.
His sister Alex is an All-American at Boston College and the reigning New England Hockey Writers Division I Women's Player of the Year. She led the Eagles to the Frozen Four for the second consecutive year and was tops in all of Hockey East in scoring this past season.
Joshua Kummins covers Hockey East for SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.