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According to a story from College Hockey News, posted from the Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla., Boston College freshman Johnny Gaudreau almost played his college hockey at the other end of Commonwealth Ave.
Last summer, Gaudreau rescinded his commitment from Northeastern after former head coach Greg Cronin resigned to take a job with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gaudreau was looking for another school, and according to the report, BU was going to make a play for the rookie. BU head coach Jack Parker reportedly asked for a decision from Charlie Coyle as to whether or not he would return for his sophomore season. Coyle, according to the report, said he was coming back to BU and the Terriers then had no scholarships available to offer Gaudreau. Long story short, he wound up with the Eagles, just completed a sensational rookie season and capped it with a national championship last night.
What makes it sting a bit more for the Terriers, though, is that Coyle left the team over the semester break and signed with the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL).