Wade Megan has made the most of his opportunities ever since he was a young boy.
And now the former Canton High School hockey standout has succeeded to the point of approaching the pinnacle of college hockey as the leading goal scorer and captain for one of the most heralded Division I programs in the country.
Megan, who will turn 22 on Sunday, began his hockey exploits under the watchful eye of his father, Ron, who played for Bowling Green from 1979-81.
“He coached me growing up, in minor hockey and all the way up through. He gave me a lot of good advice,” said Megan, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers.
After two years as a Golden Bear where he played on a pair of state final four teams, Megan received the chance to play three years at Kent Prep School. He succeeded to the point of being offered a scholarship to Hockey East power Boston University.
Megan scored a combined 13 goals his first two years as a Terrier, but this past season he blossomed big-time, leading the team in goals (20), power-play goals (9) and game-winning goals (4). After also adding nine assists, Megan will captain the Terriers his upcoming senior year.
“At Canton, (Bears coach) Troy Creurer and everyone were also big helps and then I got the opportunity to leave early and go to prep school,” Megan said. “Now I’m playing for a coach (Jack Parker, with more than 800 career wins) who’s been around, who’s very knowledgeable and has coached a lot of great players.”
Megan, a rugged 6-1, 185-pound left wing, stepped into a major scoring role this past season after the graduation of several top Terrier forwards. He established himself as a force in front of the net.
“I worked hard in the off season after my sophomore year and then I came back and got a lot more minutes, the playing time I’d been hoping for,” said Megan, speaking by phone last week from his father’s camp at Alexandria Bay.
“My size helps me,” Megan added. “I play a physical game, I’m not afraid to go in front of the net. That’s where the goals are scored.”
After the Terriers were eliminated in the NCAA Tournament in March, Parker in April named Megan the 116th captain in team history.
“Wade really flowered into a goal-scorer this year. He came into the season in better shape and with confidence,” Parker recently told the Boston University school newspaper.
“We’re excited to have him back for next season,” Parker added. “We’ve been very happy with his effort and growth. I’m not surprised he’s turned into a goal scorer for us. That’s what we recruited him for.”
Megan, who was recently named co-Most Improved Player at the Terriers’ awards banquet, said he’ll lead by example as team captain.
“I’m not a real vocal guy,” Megan said. “I’ll just try to keep doing the hard work. I’ll come to the rink ready to play.”
Megan recently returned from a week-long stint at an NHL Development Camp and looks forward to yet another opportunity in the near future.
“The camp was for guys who have been drafted and it went very well for me,” he said.
They just told me to work hard this year and we’ll talk at the end of the season.”