Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top Prospect Coyle Has No Regrets about Leaving BU to Join Sea Dogs: Coyle Has No Regrets about Joining Sea Dogs

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top Prospect Coyle Has No Regrets about Leaving BU to Join Sea Dogs: Coyle Has No Regrets about Joining Sea Dogs

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SHAWINIGAN, Que. - Charlie Coyle has no regrets about leaving university in mid-season to try his hand at junior hockey.

The Minnesota Wild prospect from East Weymouth, Mass., gave an instant boost to the Saint John Sea Dogs' chances of repeating as MasterCard Memorial Cup champion when he left Boston University in December.

The six-foot-two 207-pound forward put up 38 points in 23 regular season games, then was named MVP of the playoffs with 34 points in 17 post-season games as the Sea Dogs rolled to a second straight Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title.

"He's a good kid and he's been an excellent player," said Sea Dogs coach Gerard Gallant. "We knew what we were getting when we got him and he's turned out to be a perfect fit for our club."

Coyle said he wanted to turn pro next season and that he would get better prepared for that in junior than in finishing out his year at BU, which plays a shorter schedule.

"I wanted to leave the school experience behind and focus on hockey," Coyle said as the Sea Dogs, who suffered a shock defeat to the London Knights in their tournament opener, prepared to face the Edmonton Oil Kings on Monday night. "I knew I made the right decision when I made it."

The Sea Dogs were already strong with 15 players back from last year's team, but adding Coyle gave them a top-six up front that was the envy of the league with Florida's third-overall draft pick Jonathan Huberdeau, Danick Gauthier, Zach Phillips, Tomas Jurco and Stanislav Galiev. The club has 10 drafted players, the most among the four Memorial Cup participants.

The team had also added veteran goaltender Mathieu Corbeil and a top defenceman in Charles-Olivier Roussel to man the other point with star blue-liner Nathan Beaulieu.

"There were definitely some holes to fill after losing some key guys last season and Charlie fills part of that," said Beaulieu. "He was playoff MVP, but there were things you don't see like how physical he is.

"He's a great penalty killer for us as well as playing on the power play. …

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