May 3, 2012

Jr. Bruins standout Eichel commits to Boston University

By Jesse Connolly

Despite the fact it was a decision that won't truly impact him for more than three years, choosing where to go to school in the fall of 2015 wasn't an easy process for Empire Junior Bruins captain Jack Eichel. 

Jack Eichel (Chelmsford, Mass.) will enroll at BU in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Boston Junior Bruins)

"I can honestly say I was losing sleep over the (college) decision," he told the Lowell Sun. "I can't tell you how excited I am now."

Eichel, a freshman from Chelmsford, Mass., probably had the opportunity to be a River Hawk at nearby UMass-Lowell or join his older sister as a fellow Warrior at Merrimack. He received scholarship offers from Boston College, Northeastern and UNH.

But the talented 15-year-old wants to be a Terrier.

"I really like the coaches over there. I really like coach (Jack) Parker and I really like both assistant coaches, coach (Mike) Bavis and coach (Buddy) Powers," he said. "The facilities over at BU are incredible."

Eichel, whose 86 points in 36 games for his Empire League squad earned him a few call-ups to the EJHL's Jr. Bruins, said he had boiled the list of choices down to two schools before choosing BU.

"I was going back and forth between Boston College and Boston University," the 6-foot-2 forward said. "I like the way (BU's) campus is set up. It feels right to me. I could see myself being there. I had a feeling in my stomach last week that BU was the place to be. "Some people might be surprised that I picked Boston University, but it just seemed right. Honestly, I feel a lot of people thought I was going to go Boston College."

In the meantime, Eichel will be heading out to Ann Arbor, Mich., later on this summer where he'll join the U.S. National Development Program. 

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.