Carolina Hurricanes prospect Brendan Collier won't be moving too far to continue his collegiate career. The Charlestown, Mass. native who played high school hockey at nearby Malden Catholic will be transferring from Boston University to crosstown rival Northeastern University.
As SBNation first reported earlier in the week, Collier confirmed on Wednesday that he'd be continuing his NCAA career at BU's Beantown rival just a few blocks away. The '93 was a seventh round selection of the Hurricanes in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Collier doesn't have great size, but he has good hands and an offensive skill set that could flourish in the right circumstance. He was part of a nearly unstoppable line in school-boy puck with Boston College rising-sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald and second-year Union center Mike Vecchione. The trio was part of the beginning of a dynasty at the Catholic School just north of Boston that has now won four consecutive Massachusetts state championships.
Collier had a goal and three assists in his rookie season on Commonwealth Avenue before first year head coach David Quinn informed him that he'd no longer be in the future plans of the Terriers.
Collier will be the second Terrier with rights owned by an NHL franchise to transfer to Northeastern in the past three years. Vinny Saponari took his talents to St. Botolph Street for the 2011-12 season after being dismissed by legendary BU head coach Jack Parker.
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