Austin Prep's Carpenter: BU 'just felt right'

After talking with Boston University hockey coach David Quinn on Friday, Austin Prep sophomore Bobby "Bobo" Carpenter gave his verbal commitment to the Terriers program.

Of course, Carpenter, son of former NHL star and Bruin Bobby Carpenter, carries on a familial tradition of playing Division 1 college hockey. His sister, Alex, currently plays at Boston College. While his father -- once labeled the "Can't-Miss Kid" by Sports Illustrated -- didn't attend college, instead playing as an 18-year-old phenom for the Washington Capitals, the younger Carpenter got plenty of input from his family while making his decision to go with BU.

Carpenter could land with the Terriers as early as the 2015-16 season.

We caught up with the North Reading resident this weekend to talk about his college choice.

On the process: "It's a long process. My dad and I had been looking at schools throughout the year, just looking around seeing what I like and what I don't like. The one that jumped out to me was BU, it just felt right to me."

On picking BU: "I'm really excited. I just talked to Coach Quinn, I thought he was great. I'm just really excited to get going. First it's close to home, which I love. I don't want to be away from my family. And [Agganis Arena] is just absolutely beautiful, it's an amazing place to be. Plus, Boston's just a great city, I'd just love to play there."

On his sister's influence on his decision-making process: "We had a good, long conversation about it one night. She didn't persuade me one way or the other, or to try to go to BC, she told me to what was right for me, to find what was the best outcome for me to keep playing. She was beside my side the whole time though, which was amazing."

On carrying on family name: "I look up to both my dad and my sister very much, so watching them play, learning from them, they've both helped me so much. It's unbelievable how much they've both been there for me and I couldn't ask for anything more."