MARLBORO, MA - Little Bruins, and long time 1994 Junior Bruins AAA team forward, Kevin Duane accepted a scholarship to play for coach Jack Parker at perennial NCAA power Boston University.
Duane, a power forward who is an imposing figure on the ice standing at 6’5 and wieghing 215 lbs., had numerous Hockey East and ECAC schools hot on his tail the last 6-7 months.
Duane first came to the B’s playing for the programs talented ’94 AAA tournament team that now has commitments from the following alums (partial list):
Frankie Vatrano-Boston College
Ryan Fitzgerald-Boston College
Danny O’Regan-Boston University
Matt Grzelcyk-Boston University
Ted Doherty-Boston College
Sam Kurker-Boston University
Duane combines his size with a soft pair of hands and is very smart with the puck and knows how to find teammates in open space. He also has a scorers touch and is great around the net.
“In addition to Kevin’s scouring touch, offensive ability and obvious size he also is as good as anyone from our program in playing along the wall in the defensive zone and continuing a breakout. It is an invaluable, and underrated, aspect of his game and one that will go a long way at the next level, a coach who can trust a player to win those battles on the wall and continue a break out will play a lot of minutes (especially late in a game). He also has a great attitude and is a coachable player, which means he will continue to improve,” coach Chris Masters commented.
His dedication and hard work over the last four to five years is certainly paying off. Duane worked tirelessly on the deficineces in his game and that work is now paying dividends. In addition to his schoalrship at BU he is also getting attention from NHL scouts for his draft year. “Kevin is a great example of a player who wasn’t a polished, shiny product at 13 and 14 but had some rough edges to work on and he put in the time to do that and developed into a big time player. He always had talent but he really blossomed
as he filled out, worked on his feet and quickness,” Masters continued.
Congrats to Duane and his family!