2005-06: Despite not seeing post-season action, Kunes was solid contributor on Boston College’s talent young defensive corps, seeing playing time alongside sophomore Brian O’Hanley (SJ) and fellow freshman Brett Motherwell. The Huntington, NY native played in 28 games this season, posting four points (one goal, three assists). His first and only goal this year came back on December 31 versus Princeton in the Wells Fargo Denver Cup Championship game.
2006-07 Season: Kunes saw limited ice time this season, appearing in 27 games. He posted five points (one goal, four assists). Kunes’ lone goal of the season came back on Nov. 10 versus Merrimack College.
2007-08: Kunes’ numbers in this third season at Boston College (one goal, seven assists in 43 games) don’t tell the entire story of the rising senior d-man and his teammates. Boston College knocked off Notre Dame to win the NCAA title, and Kunes’ solid defensive play was a big part of their run. Kunes’ plus-22 in the regular season was tops among Eagles blueliners.
Kunes is an excellent skating two-way defenseman. He skates with good speed and has the ability to jump into plays. He is a fierce competitor who doesn’t shy away from the physical aspects of the game. Kunes is very solid in the defensive zone and tends to keep his play simple. He has great poise with the puck and makes very good outlet passes. Kunes showed a bit of offensive capabilities in his rookie season. One area where Kunes will need to improve is his body strength. As he fills out and strengthens his 6’1” frame, Kunes will become a more effective and difficult defenseman for the opposition to have to play against.
UPDATE: Tim Kunes has progressed nicely in his two seasons thus far at Boston College, despite his limited playing time. This past season he looked noticeably bigger and stronger. He has made good strides in his strong along the boards and corners and is making better decisions with the puck. The area that Kunes still needs to improve however, is his ability to clear bodies from in front of his own net.