BOSTON, MA -- Dating back to the first season of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), a total of 115 players have made their NCAA Commitment to a school that plays out of the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC). Formerly known as the ECAC West, the programs that make up the UCHC have always recruited the league very strongly.
The UCHC is made up of the following ten Division III programs:
Since changing the name of the league, the UCHC has seen some new programs join the conference, and jump their way right into the recruiting pool. Combined together, new programs such as Chatham, King's, and Stevenson, have committed over 30 players from the EHL in the past three seasons.
As for the programs with more history in the league, schools like Elmira (15), Lebanon Valley (15), Manhattanville (13), Nazareth (14), and Utica (13), have all welcomed in a double-digit total of alums from the #Eshow.
Don Parsons is the Head Coach at Lebanon Valley College, and he summed things up well, when asked to speak about the EHL.
“As an NCAA Division III coach, I spend the majority of my time recruiting out of the EHL," said Parsons. "As a whole, I believe the EHL coaches do a tremendous job not only developing their players, but more so helping them move on to college and finding the right fit for them. With the junior landscape changing yearly, I think the EHL has proven itself as a great destination for younger players who want to develop themselves, to the age out looking for his next step.”
As we like to say, every story is different, and that includes the 115 stories that have involved the UCHC after time spent in the #Eshow.
As for the competition in the UCHC, it is always widely-regarded as one of the top Division III conferences in the country, proven by annual presence of teams in the NCAA Tournament.
This past season in particular, Manhattanville College won the UCHC Championship and then advanced to the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, after knocking off UMass Boston in the Opening Round.
Looking ahead, the Valiants are now set to welcome in a very strong freshmen class, filled with five experienced alumni from the EHL.
“We've had numerous student-athletes that developed in the EHL," said Arlen Marshall, the head coach of Manhattanville. "By the time they arrive at the collegiate level, they are ready and prepared to play and make an impact.”
Here is the full list of EHL players that are set to become freshmen this fall in UCHC:
Alex Borowiec - Lebanon Valley College (New Jersey 87s)
Connor Boyce - Manhattanville College (Connecticut RoughRiders)
Noah Bradley - Manhattanville College (Philadelphia Revolution)
Hunter Canestra - Lebanon Valley College (Philadelphia Revolution)
Nate Dunning - Neumann University (Philadelphia Little Flyers)
Joshua Edwards - King's College (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights)
Mason Emoff - Manhattanville College (Vermont Lumberjacks)
Joseph Giacobbo % - Utica College (Philadelphia Little Flyers)
Blake Halfpenny - Chatham University (Connecticut RoughRiders)
Michael Houlihan - Nazareth College (Philadelphia Jr. Flyers)
Matt Kassab - Lebanon Valley College (New Hampshire Avalanche)
Jackson Koblick - Stevenson University (Philadelphia Revolution)
Austin Master - Stevenson University (Philadelphia Little Flyers)
Jack McDonough - Manhattanville College (New Jersey 87s)
Matt Mood - Chatham University ((Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights)
Zikmund Mroz - Lebanon Valley College (Philadelphia Little Flyers)
Larry Niland - Elmira College (Walpole Express)
Rhett Padgett - King's College (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights)
Glynn Robitaille - Manhattanville College (Vermont Lumberjacks)
Jake Russo - Elmira College (Philadelphia Revolution)
Kyle Scott - Lebanon Valley College (Philadelphia Little Flyers)
Anthony Starzi - Stevenson University (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights)
Kyle Warren - Wilkes University (New York Applecore)
Justin Weinbrenner - Neumann University (Philadelphia Jr. Flyers)
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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 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC)