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EHL Pipeline of the Week - The CCC

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications, 05/30/18, 9:00AM EDT


90 Total Commits Since 2013

BOSTON, MA -- Ever since the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) was formed back in 2013, the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) has always recruited the league very strongly. To date, 90 total EHL players have committed to schools in the CCC, and that includes 12 more who will be joining the conference this Fall. The CCC is made up of the following eight NCAA hockey programs.

  • Becker College
  • Curry College
  • Endicott College
  • Nichols College
  • Salve Regina University
  • University of New England
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Western New England University

Below you'll find a list of all the EHL players who will be kicking off their collegiate hockey careers this Fall, along with some insight from some of the coaches in the CCC. Included in the list of commits, are a couple players who joined the CCC prior to the conclusion the 2017-18 season.

Jake Cagnina - Becker College (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Damien Dangueuger - Western New England University (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Tyler Lapshanski - Wentworth Institute of Technology (Connecticut Oilers)
James Zanca - University of New England (New Hampshire Avalanche)
Quinn Robelle - Becker College (New York Applecore)
Connor Lenaghan - Becker College (Philadelphia Jr. Flyers)
Dennis Ruppe - Becker College (Philadelphia Jr. Flyers)
Alex Ochterbeck - Curry College (Philadelphia Little Flyers)
Tim Atkins - Becker College (Total Athletics Seahawks)
Nick DiLisi - Becker College (Total Athletics Seahawks)
% Ulysses Lalor - Salve Regina University (Total Athletics Seahawks)
Cooper Fowler - Becker College (Valley Jr. Warriors)
Kevin Rodgers - Western New England University (Valley Jr. Warriors)
Kyle McDonald - Nichols College (Vermont Lumberjacks)

# Joined in January of 2018
% Joined in September of 2017

“The EHL is a league that we heavily recruit. It seems like every year our roster consists of at least 10 guys who have played in the league at some point in their careers. The coaches in the EHL do a great job of educating their players on the college recruiting process and promoting them to schools that fit the players interests. We will certainly be at the first showcase next season!”

Greg Heffernan
Head Coach
Western New England University

“Let’s put it this way, if you’re an NCAA Division III coach and not recruiting the EHL, you’re doing your current players and program a disservice. From the depth of lineups, parity of the league, quality of coaches, and process by which they prepare their players for the next level - be it requiring college classes or a job while playing, or off ice workouts - the EHL is unrivaled in terms of NCAA Division III placement. The league schedules games and showcases around the Division III schedules and the geographic proximity of the rinks in relation to New England Division III schools makes it an optimal spot for me and my colleagues to recruit the next wave of NCAA players.”

Dale Adams
Assistant Coach
Becker College

“The EHL is a great route to NCAA hockey. The league has a lot of really good coaches that do an outstanding job of developing their players for the next level. The EHL does a excellent job promoting their players. The showcases are well organized and professionally done which makes it easier for college coaches to do their jobs efficiently and effectively."

Kevin Swallow
Head Coach
University of New England

“The EHL has done a terrific job developing and promoting their players to the next level. Their commitment to working with college coaches has made the league one of the premier recruiting landscapes in North America. Every year at Nichols we have a number of key contributors who have roots in the EHL.”

Parker Burgess
Head Coach
Nichols College

"The numbers of players advancing from the EHL speaks for itself. I have had great experiences with the quality of individual coming out of the league. They work hard, are coachable, and make the Curry College campus a better place. I have a lot of respect for the coaches in the league. They care about development and advancement. It’s refreshing to work with people who have the players best interest at heart.”

T.J. Manastersky
Head Coach
Curry College

"What I like best about the Eastern Hockey League is the coaches are truly involved in individual and team development. Over the last 5 years while heavily watching league games and showcases from the beginning of the season to the end you can see the improvement of both team and individual play. The coaches do a great job providing academic information and promoting players to the right schools for academics and hockey.”

Jay Pecora
Head Coach
Wentworth Institute of Technology

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