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Kieffer Bellows leaves BU to play junior hockey

Kieffer Bellows went 7-7—14 as a freshman.carlos osorio/AP/Associated Press

Boston University men’s hockey team lost another of its first-round NHL draft picks from last summer, as forward Kieffer Bellows will depart to play junior hockey.

Bellows, the son of former NHLer Brian Bellows, will join the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.

Bellows, who was selected 19th overall by the New York Islanders in last summer’s NHL draft, had a disappointing freshman season with the Terriers, recording just 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in 34 games and was a team-worst minus-9.

The USA Under-18 Team product was a healthy scratch in four games and missed another to play in the World Junior Championships. In the WJC, Bellows performed well for the US, scoring a pair of goals in the tournament final against Canada.


Earlier this year, BU defenseman Charlie McAvoy left school after two years to join the Bruins, who drafted him No. 14 in 2016.

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