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Boston University's Brian McGuirk of Danvers, who scored the game-winning goal over rival Boston College in the Beanpot final last season, was recently named the Terriers' captain for the 2007-08 season.

John McCarthy has the greatest admiration for his linemate and friend, Brian McGuirk, the newly elected Boston University hockey captain from Danvers.

"I look up to him, both as a player and person," McCarthy said.

McCarthy, a sophomore out of St. John's Prep, apparently has a lot of Terrier teammates who see McGuirk in the same light. Whoever heard of 26 or 27 college kids all voting for the same individual to be the captain?

"We vote on a piece of paper and you mark your choice with the player's jersey number. You can vote for one or two players," said McCarthy. "Brian is No. 28. Coach (Jack Parker) told us Brian was on almost every ballot. Coach said it doesn't happen very often, but this was one time it did. It was pretty much unanimous."

McCarthy called it a testament to McGuirk's character.

"With all the qualities he showed, Brian convinced everyone he's the one who should be captain," McCarthy said.

Those at BU who have skated with the 21-year-old criminal justice major will attest to McGuirk's colossal work ethic. So will the hockey folks at Governor's Academy in Byfield (Governor Dummer Academy when McGuirk went there).

His leadership was overwhelming while skating on the Green Line with McCarthy at center and right wing Dan McGoff | and it wasn't called the Green Line because it was an Irish trio. They were the Green Line because they wore the colors of the fourth line in practice, then on game nights became energizers who were asked to check the best rival line and provide a spark when the top three lines perhaps were not doing the job.

McGuirk commanded great respect among his peers at Governor Dummer. As his former coach, Peter Kravchuk, pointed out, McGuirk was a two-time hockey and baseball captain at the school.

"He's probably the hardest-working kid I ever coached," Kravchuk said. "He's always been physically gifted. The league (ISL) we play in tends to be junior and senior-laden, but as a 14-year-old ninth grader Brian was competing hard against these older players. That's the way he always plays ... hard."

The Columbus Blue Jackets' NHL draft pick has just six goals in 108 career games at BU, but scoring isn't his primary job. Playing the role of a leader and forming a penalty killing partnership with McCarthy were.

"There were a lot of good leaders on our team and it could have been anyone elected captain, especially in my class," said the 5-foot-11, 200-pound McGuirk. "I've always prided myself in being a good leader. I try to be the best leader I can be every game. You have to be yourself, be a good teammate, and push the guys. It has a domino effect, good leadership."

McGuirk sounded anxious to start the 2007-2008 season. He feels the Terriers, who won their third straight Beanpot last season, have to make amends after a first round knockout in the NCAA playoffs.

"Right now I'm excited to get the ball rolling. We're losing a number of talented players, but we have a great group of guys coming back, as well as a good class coming in," he said.

In what was an unprecedented move at the Friends of BU Hockey Dinner, the Friends/Albert Sidd Award, given annually to an unsung hero, was presented it to three unsung heroes: McGuirk, McCarthy and McGoff. McCarthy, a San Jose (NHL) draft choice, was also the recipient of the Regina Eilberg Scholarship, recognizing outstanding academics and athletic performance.

McCarthy and McGuirk play a similar style that is geared to pick up the team.

"It's a good time out there with Brian," McCarthy said. "You know he's going to give it everything he has every night. That's why I voted for him."



Meet Brian McGuirk

Age: 21

Hometown: Danvers

Team: Boston University

Position: Left wing

Honors: Newly named captain at BU

Roles: Fourth line grinder, penalty killing specialist

Season highlight: Scoring game-winning goal in Beanpot final vs. Boston College



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