“Coach Quinn has taken some criticism for us not doing so well because it’s BU hockey,” said Somerby, “but I absolutely love playing for him. I’ll do something I think was good during a shift or in a game and pat myself on the back, but Coach will pick out the littlest things that I could’ve done better — and he’s right. He relates to us well and he knows what he wants; we just haven’t been able to deliver for him.”
One such example occured during a recent Monday practice, in which the Terrier forwards and defensemen split into groups and work on drills. For the D-men, that means an hour of defensive drills and skating, something a bigger player such as Somerby is always working on.
“I started the season wearing Bauer skates, but a few Mondays ago Coach Quinn came up to me and had me try on some Easton skates. I didn’t think much of it ... but they’ve been a savior for me. My skating is better overall, my backwards skating is so much better and it’s remarkable how much better my inside edges are. It’s such a small thing, but it’s all from Coach telling me to switch skates.
“So basically, if (Quinn) ever says anything to you, I’ve learned to just say ‘OK’ because I know he’s going to be right.”
Of course, there’s also plenty of time for Somerby to be a typical college freshman. Coming from rural New Hampshire with 300 other high school students into the heart of Boston for college, he admits he found himself starting out the window onto Commonwealth Avenue on the first day of classes, getting caught up in watching traffic. And of course, there’s the multitude of food options the city provides.
“Being as big as I am, I love to eat,” Somerby, who has lost almost 20 pounds since school began, laughed. “I love trying new places and branching out. And the thing is, around BU, you can find the best food for $5 or $10. I love it.”