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McPherson Commits to Plymouth State

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/22/2018, 3:00pm EDT

Rangers Forward Set to Join Panthers this Fall

TEWKSBURY, MA -- Mike McPherson, a forward for the Boston Jr. Rangers, has committed to Plymouth State for the Fall of 2018. The '97 spent the better part of three years with the Rangers organization, playing for both the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) teams.

"We are very happy for Mike on his commitment to Plymouth State," said Rangers head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio. "Mikey developed with us and climbed the ladder from EHLP, to EHL, and then had stints in both the NAHL and CCHL. Ultimately I think he realized our team and our league was the best spot for him to finish his junior career and make his college commitment. When we got him back in January, he helped us tremendously. He’s a goal scorer and a competitor, but most importantly he’s a great kid. He will have a great college career!"

McPherson's time with the Rangers began with the EHLP team in the 2015-16 season, and that year he tallied an even 100 points in 38 total games. The native of Somerville, MA was named EHLP's Most Valuable Player, and was a key piece in the Ranger's first EHLP Championship.

McPherson moved up the ladder to the EHL for the 2016-17 season, and his scoring didn't skip a beat, as he led the league with 35 goals in the regular season. Including the playoffs, McPherson notched 69 total points in 53 total games that year. Next up for the talented scorer were a pair of stints in the NAHL and CCHL this past season, before ultimately returning back to the Rangers for the playoff run.

In his final set of games in the EHL, McPherson went off for 31 points in 15 total games, and he was a key factor in his team reaching the EHL Frozen Finals. All in all, it was a fabulous junior career for McPherson, and he is very glad to have ended it with the Rangers.

"There is nothing more I will miss in life than coming to the rink everyday with the guys and knowing that I am going to improve as a hockey player," said McPherson. "My time spent with the Rangers in the EHL was enjoyable and everything I could ask for from a developmental standpoint. Both Coach DeCaprio and Coach Blair were dedicated day in and day out, not only to win hockey games, but more importantly to make their players ready for the next level. They changed how I viewed the game of hockey and showed me how the game should really be played with a balance of fun, intensity, and poise. I could not have picked a better team and family to play for in a steadily improving and already talented league. I am extremely excited to start my NCAA journey with Plymouth State University!"

Learn more about the Boston Jr. Rangers on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.

Huss Commits to Anna Maria College

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/22/2018, 12:00pm EDT

Seahawks Forward Set to Join New Program this Fall

HYANNIS, MA -- Jake Huss, a forward for the Total Athletics Seahawks, has committed to Anna Maria College for the Fall of 2018. The '97 just finished his first season with the Seahawks, and is one of 13 commits from the team's inaugural season in the EHL.

"Jake was a great teammate and a guy that was extremely coachable," said Seahawks head coach and general manager Bill Zaniboni. "I am very happy for Jake and his family as he will play for a great coach and get a fantastic degree."

Huss will go from one inaugural season to another, as the Amcats get set to begin play at the Division III level this Fall. The native of Pennsylvania is one of the nine EHL players who will look to help establish the foundation for the program. Huss is up for the challenge, and he took some time to give his thanks.

"I am proud to announce my commitment to Anna Maria College to continue my academic and athletic career," said Huss. "I am very excited to have an opportunity to play at the NCAA level and would like to thank my parents, coaches, and teammates for all their support; as well as the Seahawks organization, from the owners to the staff, they put together a team that made coming to the rink truly amazing. I would like to especially thank Coach Zaniboni for helping me reach my goal of playing college hockey. He pushed me to be a better player and person on and off the ice. Thank you to everyone, I wouldn't of wanted to end my junior career anywhere else."

Learn more about the Total Athletics Seahawks on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.

Schiffmann Commits to Stonehill College

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/22/2018, 9:00am EDT

Warriors Defenseman Set to Join Skyhawks this Fall

HAVERHILL, MA -- Owen Schiffmann, a defenseman for the Valley Jr. Warriors, has committed to Stonehill College for the Fall of 2018. The '98 just finished his first and only season in the EHL, racking up 17 points in 45 total games on the blue line.

"His progression was great this year,” said Warriors head coach and general manager Andy Heinze. “He was definitely one of our top power-play guys. He has good size, and overall, his skating ability and stick skills were solid. I think it was the mental part of the game that he had to progress with and he did that."

Schiffmann is one of eight Warriors from the 2017-18 season, who will be kicking off his collegiate hockey career this Fall. What is unique for the Warriors, is that all eight players will also be heading off for eight different schools. The only player that will also be heading to the Northeast 10 (NE10) is Charlie Davis, who Schiffmann will face when the Skyhawks take on Southern New Hampshire University. While it was only one season for Schiffmann, the native of Milton, MA is very happy with his decision to play for Warriors and in the EHL.

"My year in the EHL allowed me to become a more complete player as well as person, it allowed me to mature a lot and is the reason I am going to be able to play college hockey next season,” said Schiffmann.

Learn more about the Valley Jr. Warriors on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.

Marshall Commits to Southern New Hampshire

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/21/2018, 3:00pm EDT

Wizards Goaltender Set to Join Penmen this Fall

BEDFORD, MA -- Alec Marshall, a goaltender for the East Coast Wizards, has committed to Southern New Hampshire University for the Fall of 2018. In his first and only season in the EHL, the '97 netminder owned a record of 10-4-0 to go along with a 3.04 GAA and two shutouts.

"We are very proud and happy for Alec on his commitment to SNHU," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "Coach Walsh is bringing in a player who works extremely hard both on and off the ice. Alec developed tremendously as the season progressed, and it showed in his overall statistics. Outside of his regular goaltending responsibilities, Alec has phenomenal hands, and his three assists led all goaltenders in the EHL."

As Meyer mentioned, Marshall turned heads across the league with some of the passes he made up ice this past season. While only three of them led to goals, there were numerous other chances created by goaltender. The native of Nashua, NH gives a lot of credit to the Wizards for helping him reach the next step in his journey.

"Playing for the Wizards was one of the best experiences of my life," said Marshall. "Freddy and Kory have built a culture that promotes creativity, and they make it easy to get excited about coming to the rink everyday. In addition to their instruction on the ice, Adrian pushes his players off the ice to be better and better every day. The three of them, along with my teammates made it a year to remember, and I'm happy I had the opportunity to finish my junior career in Bedford. They all contributed to me fulfilling my dream of being a college hockey player. Outside of the Wizards program, I also have to thank all of my past coaches, family, and friends for guiding and supporting me along the way. Having said that, I'm excited to continue playing this great game for four more years while continuing my education at Southern New Hampshire University!"

Learn more about the East Coast Wizards on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.

Smith Commits to Worcester State

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/21/2018, 12:00pm EDT

Warriors Forward Set to Join Lancers this Fall

HAVERHILL, MA -- Brian Smith, a forward for the Valley Jr. Warriors, has committed to Worcester State University for the Fall of 2018. The '97 played the past two seasons in the Warriors program, spending a year apiece at both the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) levels. This past season in particular, Smith racked up 26 points in 40 games in the EHL.

"Brian is a tenacious player on the puck,” said Warriors head coach and general manager Andy Heinze. “If he loses it from a back check he’ll stop hard and go after it hard instead of making a big loop. He’s a very competitive, and he's always had the ability to score; he did that this year for us."

Two seasons ago during the 2016-17 campaign, Smith played the entire year for the Warriors' EHLP team. The native of Dracut, MA was one of the top scorers in the league that season, racking up 68 points in 41 games. All in all, Smith is very happy with the two years he spent with the Warriors, and he took some time to look back on his experience.

"My time with the Warriors was incredible," said Smith. "I learned so many things and developed as a player so much over the past two years. Coach Heinze and Coach Tabb were big influences and great teachers of the game for me. Playing in the EHL against great competition game in and game out pushed me to always need to be at the top of my game. It has all helped to allow me to get to the next level."

Learn more about the Valley Jr. Warriors on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.

Allen Commits to Framingham State

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/21/2018, 9:00am EDT

Wolves Forward Set to Join Pair of Teammates this Fall

LACONIA, NH -- Zander Allen, a forward for the New England Wolves, has committed to Framingham State University for the Fall of 2018. The '97 just finished his second season with the Wolves at the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) level, after spending the 2015-16 campaign with the team at the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) level. Over his three years of junior hockey, the native of Rochester, NH racked up 55 points in 44 EHLP games, and 38 points in 95 EHL games.

"Zander sets a tremendous example with his on-ice grit and determination," said Wolves head coach and general manager Andrew Trimble. "He's very adaptable, and can be used in all situations. I am very happy for Z, and proud of this next step he is taking. FSU is getting a tremendous player and person to add to their room."

While the season ended sooner than Allen and the Wolves had hoped, one major highlight was the forward's performance against the Valley Jr. Warriors on February 4th. Allen's four-goal night led the way to a big Wolves victory, and he was later named the EHL's Forward of the Week for his performance (TSR Hockey Stars of the Week #22). Allen is one of three Wolves that have committed to join the Rams, as he will meet up with Rodahn Evans and Anthony Thurston when they arrive on campus this Fall. All three players developed for at least one year at the EHLP level.

Learn more about the New England Wolves on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.

Ahearn Commits to Worcester State

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/20/2018, 12:00pm EDT

Express Forward Joins Growing List of Commits

WALPOLE, MA -- Will Ahearn, a forward for the Walpole Express, has committed to Worcester State University for the Fall of 2018. The '97 just finished his second season with the Express, and his first at the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) level. Ahearn racked up 31 points in 41 games for Walpole during the 2016-17 season in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP), and then this past year, finished 17 points in 47 total EHL games.

"Will was a staple in our lineup this season," said Express head coach and general manager Jon Lounsbury. "He played every bit of his 6'3 frame and was an every situation guy for us. Will is truly one of the hardest working players I have coached and there is no doubt in my mind that he will have a lot of success at the next level. Will's commitment on and off the ice is second to none."

With Ahearn's commitment, Walpole now has 13 players from their 2017-18 team who will be kicking off their collegiate hockey careers this Fall. Over half of those players (7), spent time developing in the EHLP before climbing the ladder to the EHL. All in all, Ahearn is very happy with the time spent in Walpole, and he took some time to give show his appreciation.

"Playing for the Walpole Express for the past two seasons has really helped me reach my goal of playing college hockey," said Ahearn. "I would not only like to thank the Walpole Express organization, but also my past coaches, friends, and family for supporting me through this process. I certainly wouldn't be in this position without them. I'm excited to see what the next level has in store for me. Go Lancers!"

Learn more about the Walpole Express on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.

Boncore Commits to Anna Maria College

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/20/2018, 9:00am EDT

Wolves Goaltender Set to Join New Program this Fall

LACONIA, NH -- Brendan Boncore, a goaltender for the New England Wolves, has committed to Anna Maria College for the Fall of 2018. In his first season with the Wolves, the '97 racked up four wins and was named the EHL Goaltender of the Week in December (TSR Hockey Stars of the Week #14). Prior to this past season, Boncore was one of the top goaltenders in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP), as he went 18-7-3 with the Boston Bandits during 2016-17 campaign.

"Brendan is a worker. He set out to accomplish a goal and achieved it, and we at the Wolves are very proud of him," said Wolves head coach and general manager Andrew Trimble. "Anna Maria and Coach McCauley are getting an underrated netminder with a big upside. We wish him and the Amcats tremendous success!”

The Amcats are set to begin their inaugural season at the Division III level this Fall. When their season kicks off, their roster will include Boncore and eight other EHL players from the 2017-18 season.

Here is a full list of all the EHL players who've committed to Anna Maria College:

Jon Fowler (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Donnie Shaw (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Nicholas Kukuris (Connecticut RoughRiders)
Brendan Boncore (New England Wolves)
Noah Morning (New England Wolves)
Jake Huss (Total Athletics Seahawks)
Alex Friend (Total Athletics Seahawks)
Josh Malin (Valley Jr. Warriors)
Patrick Manning (Vermont Lumberjacks)

Learn more about the New England Wolves on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.

Roe Commits to Worcester State

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/19/2018, 12:00pm EDT

Rangers Forward Set to Join Lancers this Fall

TEWKSBURY, MA -- Matt Roe, a forward for the Boston Jr. Rangers, has committed to Worcester State University for the Fall of 2018. The '97 from Rochester, NY spent time with the Rangers at the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) level during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. For the most recent campaign (2017-18), Roe re-joined the Rangers at the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) level in early December. In 26 total games, Roe notched 11 points to his name.

"We are very happy for Matt," said Rangers head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio. "Matt played for our EHLP team, and then ended up playing for the Rochester Monarchs for a little over a year. When the NCDC wasn't what he was expecting, he came back and had a great remainder of the season with us, as we won the Boston Division. He will have a great 4 years at Worcester State!"

As DeCaprio mentioned, Roe's time with the Rangers began at the EHLP level, where he racked up 30 points in 57 career games. The '97 then returned home for a brief period, but ultimately decided to come back to the EHL, and was a key factor in the Rangers' successful 2017-18 season. It was a fun journey for Roe, and he is very happy that he came back to the Rangers.

"I'd like to thank Coach DeCaprio and Coach Blair. If you're looking to get to the next level and play college hockey, the Boston Junior Rangers organization is the best place to be."

Roe is heading to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), where he will square off against one of his teammates in Ryan Tierney, who is heading to Salem State this Fall. Also with Roe's commitment to join the Lancers, that makes it four years in a row that the Rangers have sent a player to Worcester State.

Learn more about the Boston Jr. Rangers on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.

Rowella Commits to Manhattanville College

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/19/2018, 9:00am EDT

RoughRiders Captain Set to Join Valiants this Fall

NORWALK, CT -- Alex Rowella, a forward for the Connecticut RoughRiders, has committed to Manhattanville College for the the Fall of 2018. In three seasons with the RoughRiders, the '97 racked up 121 points in 136 career games in the EHL.

"Alex possesses great hockey vision and creativity and was potent on the power-play and penalty kill," said RoughRiders head coach and general manager Eric Lind. "He recognized scoring chances and was quick to act on those opportunities. He was that all-around forward that players hated to play against due to his skill level and the effectiveness of his agitation. A true leader on and off the ice, Alex was our team captain this past season and his professionalism and leadership skills will transition perfectly to the collegiate locker room at Manhattanville next year.”

When Rowella arrives at Manhattanville, he will quickly be joined by a former teammate of his in Keegan Davis. Davis spent the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons with RoughRiders, and just finished his freshmen campaign at Manhattanville. The Valiants have brought in eight players from the EHL since the league was formed back in 2013, and that includes at least one new player in each of the five seasons. Manhattanville plays out of the competitive United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC), that includes some of the top teams in all of Division III NCAA hockey.

Learn more about the Connecticut RoughRiders on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.

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