Boston is Alex Tuch's town.
While the Golden Knights' right wing hails from Syracuse, New York, he spent some of the most important years of his life in Boston, where Vegas meets the Bruins on Thursday evening.
From 2014-16, Tuch skated for the Boston College Eagles, where he was so dominant after arriving as a first-round pick of the Minnesota Wild that he actually led the team in scoring as a freshman. Tuch's 28 points (14G, 14A) in 2014-15 made him the first BC freshman in 41 years to lead the school in scoring. He was even better his following year, leaving him to leave school after his 34-point sophomore year to turn pro.
With no Golden Knights practice on Wednesday, Tuch took the opportunity to reconnect with the coach who molded him at BC, the legendary Jerry York.
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"Most of my friends are still seniors here at Boston College," Tuch said. "I went and visited them for a couple hours. Grabbed a bite to eat. Saw my old coaches at Boston College, saw Jerry York."
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York's 1,033 career wins are an all-time NCAA record. He's won five national championships, and helped model more active NHL players than any collegiate coach in the country.
They include Tuch, of course But also Johnny Gaudreau. And Chris Kreider. And Brian Dumoulin, as well as many others.
The others York helped mold even include Golden Knights general manager George McPhee, who won the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's top player playing under York for Bowling Green in 1981-82.
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"Just catching up casually," Tuch said. "They're really happy for me. They helped me a lot along the way. If I didn't go to Boston College, I probably wouldn't be where I am today."
Where Tuch is today is a regular NHL player with the Golden Knights. And a darn good one.
His goal on Monday in Brooklyn was his third of the season, and he enters Thursday with six points in seven games after an early stint in the AHL.
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Tuch insists that he doesn't pay too much attention to the positive reviews he's gotten in the press, although admitted he'll be getting a little extra attention playing on Thursday in his former hometown.
"Yeah, (my) dad and brother (are coming out tonight)," Tuch said "Bunch of friends also. "It's nice coming back. It's a lot better than going back to visit your high school."