DERRY — When J.D. Dudek stepped onto the Boston College hockey team’s home ice a few years ago, he did so wearing a jersey of his home-state University of New Hampshire — during an on-ice contest between periods.
“I got picked out of the stands to represent UNH,” Dudek said with a laugh. “It was one of those contests and I won $100.”
When Dudek next takes the ice at the Conte Forum, he will be wearing a Boston College jersey, and he will be doing so as a member of college hockey’s most dominant program.
Last weekend, the former Pinkerton Academy standout forward officially committed to play his college hockey for the Eagles, the reigning NCAA champions and winners of three of the last five national titles.
“It is really a dream come true,” said Dudek, who never played football. “A lot of schools were calling, and I always had BC in the back of my mind. I have wanted to play hockey for Boston College as long as I can remember, and they finally did show interest.”
Dudek’s announcement came just as he prepared to leave for Kimball Union Academy, where he will play his junior season after a stellar summer with the Team USA National Development Camp and two outstanding season for Pinkerton Academy.
“If you had asked me a year ago if (the recruiting process) would go this fast I would have said no way,” said Dudek’s father, college football legend Joe Dudek. “Now I am learning this works quickly. It has been a surreal experience, and I can’t describe how excited we are.”
Dudek first drew the serious attention of the Boston College coaches in July during the National Development Camp in Rochester, N.Y.
“I had spoken to some assistants at the Development Camp,” said Dudek. “Then (BC) head coach Jerry York said he would watch me at the Five Nations Tournament, and we started talking more seriously after that.”