Boston University sophomore forward Charlie Coyle, who won a bronze medal with the U.S. in last season's IIHF World Junior Championship held in Buffalo, has left school to play for the defending Memorial Cup champion Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), according to the Patriot Ledger.
A native of East Weymouth, Mass., Coyle played for the South Shore Kings of the Eastern Junior Hockey League before enrolling at BU in the fall of 2010. He also played for both Thayer Academy and Weymouth High School in the Massachusetts scholastic ranks.
Coyle tallied seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points in 37 games a year ago with BU and had posted three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 13 outings so far this fall. He played his last game for the Terriers in a 5-1 win at Maine on Dec. 10, notching one assist, and finished with a total of 37 points in 50 collegiate contests.
A first-round draft pick of the NHL's San Jose Sharks in 2010, Coyle's rights were traded to the Minnesota Wild in June. He was named to the preliminary roster for the 2012 U.S National Junior Team earlier this month, and that team will compete in the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Alberta from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. According to the Saint John website, Coyle is expected to join the Sea Dogs following the tournament.
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“Charlie is a world-class player for his age group,” said Mike Kelly, associate coach and director of hockey operations for the Sea Dogs. “We’re looking forward to getting to know him and we think he will fit in well on our team.”
Coyle is the second member of this year's men's hockey team to depart BU. Senior forward Corey Trivino was dismissed from the Terriers on Dec. 12 following his arrest on multiple charges in an incident involving a female student, according to the BU website. A native of Toronto, Trivino's NHL rights are held by the New York Islanders.
University of Nebraska-Omaha senior forward Alex Hudson was recently dismissed by his team for a second violation of team rules this year, although he was never drafted by an NHL team.
BU (10-5-1 overall, 8-4-1 Hockey East) is second in its conference, and is also ranked ninth in the nation by USCHO.com. The Terriers will return to action on Dec. 31 in a nationally-televised game at Notre Dame.