Goodbyes are never easy.
They’re even harder when you leave your collegiate team in middle of its season — or even worse, in the middle of a major scandal in the middle of its season. These goodbyes are often the culmination of longstanding troubles but come as a surprise for many when the lockers are finally cleared out and the names are no longer chanted in the scarlet, buffalo chicken finger-filled expanses of Agganis Arena.
This means players who left for disciplinary reasons (Trivino, Nicastro, Glass) and players who left between seasons (Clendening, Chiasson, Warsofsky) have been excluded. The following are players who left the Terriers midseason to carve a different path to the show. But did it pay off?
The Vancouver Canucks prospect and former freshman left the Terriers after complaining about his lack of ice time. Myron is now a member of the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL, where he’s teammates with former Merrimack goalie Joe Cannata. In 12 games, Myron is 2-5-7 with a -3 plus/minus. Compare this to his time at BU: 2-1-3 in 21 games with 0 plus/minus.
Myron, wearing #93, scored his first goal for the Wings on February 15 against the Toledo Walleye. Note the pink ice, left over from the previous night’s Valentine’s Day game.
Much like Myron, Cissé wasn’t happy with the ice time Coach Parker was giving him. Though plagued by injury, the 6’3″ Quebecois forward and Jets prospect believed he deserved a larger role on the team despite his lackluster production. However, in his 27 games with the QMJHL’s Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, Cissé has far exceeded his totals from all three years at Boston University combined.
Here, Cissé delivers a hit for the Armada and dukes it out with the PEI Rockets’ Alex Micallef.
Nothing too impressive, but a scrap’s a scrap. It’s still more passion than he ever showed at BU. When asked if Cissé would make it to the NHL, Coach Parker was doubtful. “I hope he does [succeed]. I wish him nothing but the best and I hope he’s a big star and gets to the NHL. It’ll be great for him. But I don’t know if that’s going to happen.”
Coyle departed BU when the program was at its lowest point in decades. Ravaged by scandal and allegations of sexual assault, the Terriers program needed to band together. Not so fast, said Coyle, leaving within four days of Trivino’s expulsion. According to some sources, Coyle “had ongoing academic issues and was in danger of being ruled academically ineligible for the second semester.” Terrier fans felt betrayed, especially as the Nicastro scandal rocked the campus weeks later. Did Coyle seemingly opportunistic departure pay off?
Yes, very much so.
Coyle joined the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs, where in 23 regular season games, he notched 15 goals and 23 assists with a plus/minus of 23. He continued his production into the postseason, tying the team’s record for most playoff points (34) on the Sea Dogs’ road to the QMJHL President’s Cup.
Coyle started this season with the Houston Aeros. Though he experienced minor deflation in stats as most juniors do upon entering the AHL, his performance was enough for the Minnesota Wild to place him on their first line, alongside Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu. His first goal and point came against Calgary late last month on a beauty of a pass from Pierre-Marc Bouchard.
The NHLPA spotlighted Coyle in one of its “Meet the Rookies” features.
Best of luck to all three men. Just understand we’re still a little bitter.
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