BOSTON, MA -- A new week brings with it a new featured pipeline, that has brought in over 75 different players since the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) was formed back in 2013. The New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) is regarded as one of the toughest in all of Division III hockey, and this Fall, they will be adding two more programs to the mix. Starting in October, the NEHC will feature the following ten NCAA hockey programs.
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 NEHC. The history of the conference is strong, as it includes a number of National Championships, along with an even greater number of Frozen Four appearances. There have been many EHL alumni who've made huge impacts in the NEHC, but one that definitely stands out is Todd Jackson.
The '95 forward was one of the top scorers in the EHL during his time with the Connecticut RoughRiders, and that touch carried over when he arrived at Norwich University. In his freshmen season, Jackson played a key role in the team's offense, and tallied in the game-winning goal in the 2017 National Championship game. Jackson is just one example of an EHL alum, making an immediate impact at the next level. Scroll down to see the names to keep an eye on, when they begin their collegiate hockey careers this Fall.
Nolan Egbert - UMass Boston (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Tyler Gardiner - University of Southern Maine (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Bobby Kinsey - University of Southern Maine (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Val Sverdlov - Castleton University (Connecticut Oilers)
Brendan Dowler - University of Southern Maine (Connecticut RoughRiders)
Matt Fuller - University of Southern Maine (East Coast Wizards)
Blaine Green - Johnson & Wales University (East Coast Wizards)
Derek Tillotson - University of Southern Maine (New Hampshire Avalanche)
Kyle Pantalone - New England College (New York Applecore)
Austin Withycombe - Johnson & Wales University (New York Applecore)
Peter Ciccarelli - University of Southern Maine (Philadelphia Revolution)
Brian Lange - New England College (Philadelphia Revolution)
# Brandon Collett - Castleton University (Total Athletics Seahawks)
Cory Ellerton - Castleton University (Total Athletics Seahawks)
Matt Gulack - Johnson & Wales University (Valley Jr. Warriors)
% Matt Wiesner - Babson College (Valley Jr. Warriors)
Andrew Barber - Castleton University (Vermont Lumberjacks)
Ryan Campbell - Babson College (Walpole Express)
Bryan Colburn - Johnson & Wales University (Walpole Express)
Zach D'Amico - Johnson & Wales University (Walpole Express)
Chris Peters - UMass Boston (Walpole Express)
Eric Wright - Suffolk University (Walpole Express)
# Committed for the Fall of 2019
% Alumni Commitment
"I think of former EHL Defenseman of the Year [Gabe Chuckran] in his day within league and now he will be Senior captain for us. He will be one of the best d-man in Division III hockey; he's an excellent student, terrific leader, and just an all around incredible young man that will absolutely thrive in whatever he choosers to do in life after hockey. The EHL does a great job at developing their players every year and preparing them for college on and off the ice."
"The EHL does an excellent job in the development of their players. The coaches are accessible and work hard to place their guys at the right schools. The EHL players who have joined our team have contributed a lot to our University both on and off the ice.”
“I find the EHL to be a professionally run league with a major emphasis on player development and advancement."
University of Southern Maine
“We are constantly recruiting players, speaking with coaches and watching games/evaluating players and good players that come from everywhere. We recruit in the EHL because it has been one of our successful sources in our recruiting efforts. Whether it is a late bloomer, a player who was hoping for Division I, someone from outside of New England seeking greater exposure, or simply a player who needed more developmental time, the EHL has provided us multiple players over the last 5 years who have been very successful at Babson.”
“The coaches and league administrators of the EHL make the recruiting process easier for all college coaches. All the coaches are very accessible and their showcases are first class.”
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