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Olivieri Commits to University of New England

By EHL, 07/28/23, 9:00AM EDT


Spartans Top Scorer Set to Join Nor'Easters this Fall

EXETER, NH -- Drew Olivieri, a forward for Seacoast Spartans, has committed to the University of New England (UNE) for the fall of 2023.

The '02 native of Swampscott, MA spent a pair of seasons developing in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). Olivieri hit the ice for the Railers Jr. Hockey Club back in the 2021-22 season, prior to heading up to New Hampshire to play for the Spartans this past year (2022-23).

Overall, in 104 career games in the EHL, the top scorer and playmaker registered 135 total points to his credit on 53 goals and 82 assists. Olivieri averaged 1.24 points per game during the regular season, and then cranked his play up come playoff time, averaging 1.64 points per game in the postseason.

“Drew was a huge part of our team’s success this past year,” said Spartans head coach and general manager Brett Tryder. “He could do it all. Drew was great at face-offs, he could play wing or center, and he plays a mature 200-foot game. Olivieri has a great sense of time and space and has the ability to see things before they happen. He will be a great addition to the UNE lineup and locker room."

Olivieri is one of two EHL players from this past season that are set to join one of the top programs in all of NCAA Division III hockey. In just over a month, Olivieri will reunite with Stefan Kulhanek from the Railers, when he arrives on campus at UNE.

Tryder went on to talk about the magnitude behind getting a player committed to the Nor'Easters program.

"It is always nice when you can get a player to a place like UNE," said Tyder. "They have been to the Frozen Final for two years in a row, and they are very selective in their recruiting. We have had some great college placements this year, and this one is at the top of the list. I have no doubt that Drew will do what it takes to become a valuable member of the UNE program.”

Olivieri is equally as excited and grateful to have landed spot with such a top program.

“I would like to thank Coach Tryder, Coach [Paul] Walker, and the rest of the Seacoast organization for believing in me from day #1," said Olivieri. "Playing my age-out year at Seacoast was all that I could have expected, and more. I also want to thank my teammates and especially my linemates throughout the year that helped me to reach my goal of playing college hockey. Playing college hockey has been a huge goal of mine from the very beginning and to make it come true has been a blessing. I can’t thank Coach [Kevin] Swallow enough for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play at such a prestigious hockey program, while giving me the chance to earn a college degree. I am very excited to get on campus and meet the team.”

Learn more about the Spartans on the team's official website, and check out the full 2022-23 NCAA commitment list.