HOOKSETT, NH -- Jake Adkins, forward for the New Hampshire Avalanche, has committed to UMass Boston for the fall of 2019. The EHL All-Star is in his first season in the league, and to date he's scored 15 goals, which ranks 3rd in the league. In terms of overall points, Adkins has notched 25 through his first 18 games, which ranks tied for 13th in the EHL.
"Jake has done a great job so far this season, and has truly earned this commitment to a very good division III college hockey program," said Avalanche head coach and general manager Chris Cerrella. "He is a big, rugged winger that plays the game hard and is very tough to go up against. He really enjoyed his visit with the coaching staff at UMass Boston and is excited about what the future holds for him on the ice and in the classroom. Jake believed in the process; He came from Colorado to the east coast, which is not a usual path for mid-west or west-coast kids. They don't realize how lucky the players are on the east coast, as they get to play in front of college hockey scouts in almost every single game. Jake didn't worry about a league label, he only worried about going to a place where he could be successful and get college hockey exposure. He got exactly what he was looking for, and I am very happy for him and his family; Jake deserves everything he has earned. More players from the mid-west and west coast should follow in Jake's footsteps, and head to where most of college hockey is located, the east coast."
As Cerrella mentioned, Adkins was sold by his visit with the UMB coaching staff, and by getting the chance to play against the Beacons during EHL All-Star Weekend. Adkins and the rest of Team EHL may have lost both games that weekend, but the group of young men represented the league with tremendous class, and made it a weekend to remember for all involved. Looking back Adkins is grateful for that experience, along with all the opportunities he's already earned in his first season in the EHL.
"UMass Boston is a place that made me feel really at home on my visit," said Adkins. "I am blessed to be able to get the best of both worlds when it comes to education and to represent one of the top division III programs in the country. I want to thank Coach Cerrella and the entire New Hampshire Avalanche organization for believing in me. I want to thank all my excellent mentors including all my coaches, and especially my parents. I want to thank my teammates who have always been there for me throughout my journey; Without them to inspire me, I wouldn't be where I am today and I am forever grateful."
After starting the season with a .500 record at 2-2-0 through their first 4 games, the Avalanche have won 14 straight matchups since then. New Hampshire is currently tied for the 3rd longest winning streak in league history, and they will look to take full control of that spot, when they go for their 15th straight win on Sunday. The puck drops at 4:20pm against the Valley Jr. Warriors.
Learn more about the New Hampshire Avalanche on the team's official website, and keep an eye on the 2019 NCAA commitment list as it begins to take shape.
Photo Credit - Dennis Woxland