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The EHL to MASCAC Pipeline

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications, 06/25/19, 9:00AM EDT


137 NCAA Commitments Since 2013

BOSTON, MA -- Dating back to the first season of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), a total of 137 players have made their NCAA Commitment to a school that plays out of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). To date, no collegiate hockey conference has committed more EHL players than the MASCAC.

The MASCAC is made up of the following seven Division III programs:

  • Fitchburg State University
  • Framingham State University
  • Plymouth State University
  • Salem State University
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Westfield State University
  • Worcester State University

Each of the seven schools has recruited at least five athletes from the EHL, with 22 more players set to join the conference and begin their collegiate hockey careers this fall. Year in, and year out, the MASCAC schools heavily recruit the EHL, which is clearly seen with five of the programs having brought in over 20 players respectively, since the league was formed.

Craig Russell is the Head Coach as Plymouth State, which is a school located in an excellent location for the teams in the EHL. The Panthers were also one of the programs that took on the 2018 EHL All-Star Team back in October.

"The EHL provides opportunity for exposure to their players, along with knowledgeable coaches that make it easy to communicate," said Russell. "Over the years we've had a lot of luck with EHL players coming to us with a realistic view of themselves. They understand how to be coached and know there's a development model for the next level."

Russell's 2018-19 team featured 13 players with past experience in the EHL, which was similar to Worcester State, as the Lancers had 15 players with playing history in the #Eshow. Another similarity between Plymouth State and Worcester State, is that each program brought in an EHL goaltender, halfway through this past season.

Overall, whether it's Plymouth State, Worcester State, or any of the rest of the programs in the MASCAC, you can always plan on 20+ EHL players per year advancing to the conference.

Here is the full list of EHL players that are set to become freshmen this fall in MASCAC:

Race Bennett - Salem State University (New York Applecore)
Rece Bergeman - Fitchburg State University (Philadelphia Little Flyers)
Brendahn Brawley - Plymouth State University (Philadelphia Little Flyers)
Clay Ellerbrock - Umass Dartmouth (Boston Jr. Rangers)
John Grealish - Umass Dartmouth (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Kyler Harding - Plymouth State University (New Hampshire Avalanche)
Ryan Hoff # - Worcester State University (Connecticut Chiefs)
Braden King - Umass Dartmouth (Philadelphia Jr. Flyers)
Adam Kusior - Fitchburg State University (Vermont Lumberjacks)
Geoff LaMorre - Fitchburg State University (New Jersey 87s)
Pat Lavin - Salem State University (Walpole Express)
John Lockhead - Framingham State University (Valley Jr. Warriors)
Jake Maynard - Umass Dartmouth (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Anton Metelev - Fitchburg State University (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Tanner Opie - Umass Dartmouth (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Luke Pepin - Salem State University (East Coast Wizards)
Ben Parker # - Plymouth State University (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Trent Shanley - Fitchburg State University (New Jersey 87s)
Kolton Smith - Framingham State University (Seahawks Hockey Club)
Nick Terry - Worcester State University (Walpole Express)
Cameron Tobey - Westfield State University (Walpole Express)
Connor Woolley - Salem State University (New York Applecore)

#  January of 2019 Commitment

Scroll down to read what some alumni had to say of the #Eshow, and stay tuned all offseason as we continue to highlight all of the different pipelines that have been created since 2013.

Next Week's NCAA Pipeline -- The United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC)