Men’s Hockey: Three veterans reportedly staying at BU; Wise and DeBoer enter transfer portal; Farrance signs

By Patrick Donnelly

Senior captain Logan Cockerill (Left) skates out as his name is announced in the starting lineups before a game against Merrimack College at Walter Brown Arena on Feb. 26, 2021. Redshirt junior assistant captain Ty Amonte (Middle) tracks the play in a game against Providence College at Walter Brown Arena on Jan. 8, 2021. Graduate assistant captain Max Kaufman (Right) skates out as his name is announced in the starting lineups before a game against Maine at Walter Brown Arena on Jan. 23, 2021. Photos by Patrick Donnelly.

Men’s Hockey senior captain Logan Cockerill intends to take advantage of his extra year of NCAA eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and remain at Boston University next season, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Sources also told WTBU Sports that redshirt junior assistant captain Ty Amonte and graduate assistant captain Max Kaufman also plan to remain with the Terriers.

Meanwhile, junior forwards Jake Wise and Jack DeBoer have entered the NCAA’s transfer portal as of this morning. WTBU Sports had learned recently of Wise and DeBoer’s intentions, and the news became official today, as first reported by Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald.

Cockerill posted five goals and five assists for 10 points in 12 games this season. The 5-foot-9, 174-pound forward posted a career-best .80 points per game. On his career at BU, the 2017 seventh round pick (201st overall) of the New York Islanders has 19 goals, 27 assists and 46 points in 104 games across four seasons.

Amonte took a medical redshirt in 2019-20, missing the entire season with an upper-body injury. He notched a goal and an assist in two games this season before going down with a season-ending injury. As a freshman in 2017-18, Amonte tallied 6-3-9 numbers in 36 games before registering 16 points (8g, 8a) as a sophomore in 2018-19. The 5-foot-11, 174-pound forward is technically a redshirt senior next season, and has another year of eligibility because of the pandemic. His brother, forward Tristan Amonte, will be a freshman at BU next season.

Kaufman joined the Terriers as a graduate student after a three-year stint with the University of Vermont. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound forward was voted an assistant captain by his teammates a few games into this season, and posted one goal and seven assists for eight points in 15 games. Prior to BU, Kaufman put up 15-20-35 totals in 94 games with the Catamounts, serving as an assistant captain in 2019-20.

Junior forward Jack DeBoer (Left) battles in front of the net during a game against Northeastern at Agganis Arena on Dec. 7, 2019. Junior forward Jake Wise (Right) shields the puck in a game against Boston College at Agganis Arena on Feb. 29, 2020. Photos by Hannah Yoshinaga.

Wise missed significant time both this year and during his freshman season in 2018-19. In five games this season, the Reading, Mass., native put up a goal and an assist. His goal came against St. Cloud State during the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal. On his career at BU, the 2018 third round pick (69th overall) of the Chicago Blackhawks put up three goals, 14 helpers and 17 points in 50 games.

DeBoer struggled to crack the lineup at times this season, skating in seven contests and registering a goal and two assists. In his prior two seasons, the son of Vegas Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer, recorded four goals and five assists for nine points.

Senior assistant captain and defenseman David Farrance tracks the play during a game against Merrimack College at Walter Brown Arena on Feb. 26, 2021. Photo by Patrick Donnelly.

Also, yesterday, senior assistant captain David Farrance turned pro, signing a two-year entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators, the NHL club that drafted him in the third round (92nd overall) of the 2017 entry draft. Farrance repeated as a top ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award this season, leading the nation in points per game among defensemen (1.45) after notching five goals and 11 assists for 16 points in just 11 games.

During his time on Comm. Ave., the Victor, N.Y., native posted 88 points (26g, 62a) in 113 career games over four seasons. Last season, Farrance led all Division I blueliners with 43 points, 14 goals and nine power-play tallies. The Predators immediately assigned him to their taxi squad, and there are expectations he may see NHL action in short order.

WTBU Sports will have more coverage and details regarding BU’s offseason transactions as they become available.