It’s been two years since the Boston College hockey team won the Division 1 NCAA national championship. But the memory is still fresh for senior forward Paul Carey.
The 6-foot-1-inch, 196-pound left winger from Weymouth was a sophomore when the Eagles defeated Wisconsin in Detroit for the title. As a senior, he’d like nothing better than to leave BC with the same feeling of jubilation that he experienced following that victory.
“So far that’s been the biggest and most exciting experience of my life,’’ said Carey, a fifth-round draft choice of the Colorado Avalanche in 2007. “We went to Detroit as underdogs and came out with two good wins against two really tough teams. It took months to come down from that high.’’
The Eagles (12-6, 9-4 Hockey East) are in a good position to make a run at another national title, despite some inconsistent play at the end of the first semester that led to a 4-5 lull over their last nine games. Despite the rough patch, BC is ranked third in the national polls.
Carey is concentrating on becoming more of an offensive threat. He has five goals and six assists so far, but his production has tailed off from his junior season, when he had 13 goals and 13 assists.
For his career at BC, Carey has 32 goals and 35 assists.
Prior to arriving at BC, Carey showed his offensive potential with the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League, when he scored 34 goals and 32 assists in 2007-08.
“I wish I could be producing more points, but at the end of the day it’s all about getting the two points’’ from a win, said Carey, who played two years at Thayer Academy and two years at the Salisbury (Conn.) School before moving on to play junior hockey.
“I try not to worry about myself, and I feel as though the team is having a good year, and we’ve got a lot of young guys stepping up,’’ he said.
Carey was one of the youngsters during the 2009-10 national title season. He picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in the third period of a 3-1 win over University of Alaska Fairbanks in the Northeast Regional semifinals. Carey scored BC’s sixth goal (the team’s third tally in 95 seconds of the third period) in a 7-1 win over Miami (Ohio) in the Frozen Four.
“He’s been snakebitten in some areas around the goal this year,’’ said BC coach Jerry York. “He’s working hard and with a little bit of luck, I think he’ll regain his touch for a breakout second half.’’
Aside from his scoring prowess, Carey is a favorite of York for another reason.
“He’s been a terrific young man to coach for four years,’’ said York. “He’s had some options to leave school early to sign pro and he made the decision to stay at BC and get his degree. He’s been a great role model for lot of young men.’’
Should the Eagles bring home another national championship this year, Carey will likely have to recover from the euphoria much more quickly, as it’s possible he’ll be signed by the Avalanche at the end of BC’s season.
“There has been some interest from Colorado over the past couple of years, and that will continue to be a path for Paul,’’ said York. “He definitely has a chance to play at the next level.’’
Odds and ends
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