2012-13: Matt Grzelcyk was the leading scorer amongst Boston University defensemen and was selected to the Hockey East All-Rookie team as a freshman. He scored 3 goals with 20 assists and was +12 with 26 penalty minutes in 38 games. The Terriers finished in a three-way tie for third place in Hockey East and reached the league championship game; falling 1-0 to regular season champion Massachusetts-Lowell in long-time coach Jack Parker's final game. Grezelcyk travelled to Ufa, Russia with Team USA but was the last player cut prior to the 2013 World Junior Championship.
Grzelcyk is a small, but highly mobile defenseman with excellent offensive instincts. He is a strong puckhandler who can rush the puck and drive the offense. Grzelcyk is a power play weapon thanks to his sharp distribution skills and his ability to find soft spots in defensive zone coverage. Defensively, Grzelcyk brings a good compete level and is a determined player but his positioning is still a work in progress. Grzelcyk impressed at this summer’s US World Junior evaluation camp, and is believed to have the inside track on a spot on the 2013 squad. Grzelcyk is very much like David Warsofsky in size, ability and upside.
Grzelcyk will return to Boston University for his sophomore season during the 2013-14 season. The Charlestown, Mass. native, also has a very good chance of making the United States WJC team after being the last one cut last winter.