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Sam Kurker Leaves BU

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Sam Kurker has left the Boston University hockey program.

Kurker was added to the Indiana Ice’s roster last month, and according to a USHL source, he’s likely headed to that franchise for at least the remainder of this season. The Quebec Remparts own his rights in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the source also said the South Shore Kings of the USPHL had made an inquiry into Kurler’s availability.

In 47 career NCAA games, Kurker finishes his BU career with four goals and two assists. By going to the USHL, he retains his NCAA eligibility and will be able to transfer to another program, if he wishes.

The St. Louis Blues drafted Kurker in the second round (No. 56 overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

According to The Daily Free Press, BU head coach David Quinn said Kurker and Brendan Collier, who was added by the Youngstown Phantoms, were “pissed” when they learned they were added to USHL rosters over the winter break:

“There was nothing to it from [the players'] end of it, there was nothing to it from our end of it,” Quinn said Jan. 2. “I know people raise an eyebrow when they see it, but you will see them both in the lineup for BU at Harvard against Harvard.

“It didn’t really matter to me and it didn’t really matter to them. It is just something that happens in the hockey world and you just move on from it. People probably look at rosters and think, ‘Hey, he’s not playing a lot. Maybe he will jump.’ There was nothing to it.”

Kurker was in the lineup for the Terriers this past Saturday, when BU skated in Frozen Fenway against Maine.