Boston University announced the promotions of Albie O'Connell and Scott Young on Wednesday afternoon. David Quinn announced that O'Connell was promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach while Young made the jump from Director of Hockey Operations to assistant coach.
The moves were a result of previous associate head coach Steve Greeley leaving to become the assistant director of player personnel for the New York Rangers.
O'Connell was a standout forward in his playing days for the Terriers from 1995 to 1999. A native of Watertown, Mass., he was selected in the fifth round of the 19994 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders. He scored 42 goals and 66 assists in 149 career games at BU.
There is little doubt that O'Connell has a tremendous eye for talent. In stops along the way at Merrimack, Northeastern and Harvard, he was responsible for picking out the likes of Stephane Da Costa, Jon Gillies and Johnny Gaudreau.
Young came to BU last season after serving as the head coach at his prep school alma mater, St. Mark's School. Another former Terrier, Young played two seasons from 1985 to 1987 before embarking on a successful NHL career.
The Clinton, Mass. native was taken 11th overall in the first round of the 1986 NHL Draft by the Hartford Whalers. He played in 1,322 NHL games, scoring 386 goals and 458 assists.
BU has posted an opening for the position of Director of Hockey Operations. The Terriers open up their defense of the Hockey East Regular Season and Tournament Championships on Saturday, October 10 at Union College.
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