Over the last two days, Boston University freshman forward Jack Eichel and Boston College sophomore goaltender Thatcher Demko have made it crystal clear that they are staying with their respective NCAA schools and not leaving mid-season for major junior. Whether it was Demko's WHL rights being traded or baseless speculation from a QMJHL blog, rumors swirled regarding both star players this past week.
Following Team USA's 5-2 tuneup victory over Boston University on Friday night, Eichel quickly put to close any thoughts of the North Chelmsford, Mass. native bolting for the QMJHL.
"I'll shoot it down now. I don't plan on going anywhere for the second half of the year. I'm perfectly content at staying at BU. I love this place. I don't plan on going anywhere," said Eichel when asked about the CHL rumors.
Demko's father Brenton took to Twitter early Saturday afternoon to squash any possibility of Demko leaving the Heights for the Calgary Hitmen. The tweet was in reply to a tease to an upcoming segment by Guy Flaming of TSN Edmonton's The Pipeline Show.
@TPS_Guy Not going. Case closed.— Brenton Demko (@uggstown) December 20, 2014
Eichel, Demko and Team USA begin their quest for Gold at the 2015 World Junior Championship on December 26 against Finland. The red, white and blue take on Team Canada in a big pool play game on December 31.