20 Carter St, Tewksbury, MA 01876
Boston Jr. Rangers (Head Coach/GM)
191 Hartwell Rd, Bedford, MA 01730
East Coast Wizards (Head Coach/GM)
468 Province Rd, Laconia, NH 03246
New England Wolves (Head Coach/GM)
600 Quality Drive, Hooksett, NH 03106
New Hampshire Avalanche (Head Coach/GM)
141 Bassett Ln, Hyannis, MA 02601
Total Athletics Seahawks (Head Coach/GM)
7 Parkridge Rd, Haverhill, MA 01835
Valley Jr. Warriors (Head Coach/GM)
216 Leddy Park Rd, Burlington, VT 05408
Vermont Lumberjacks (Head Coach/GM)
2130 Providence Hwy, Walpole, MA 02081
Walpole Express (Head Coach/GM)
HOOKSETT, NH -- Niks Krollis, a defenseman for the New Hampshire Avalanche, has committed to Norwich University for the fall of 2019. The EHL All-Star is in his second season with the Avalanche, after playing a key role on last year's championship team. To date, Krollis has tallied 34 points in 49 total games (regular season and playoffs) for New Hampshire.
"Niks is in my opinion, the best offensive-defenseman in the EHL," said Avalanche head coach and general manager Chris Cerrella. "He skates very well, sees the ice very well, and is dangerous when he has the puck on his stick. He has done a great job for us over the last two seasons and I am very happy for him. Norwich University was a perfect fit for Niks both on the ice and in the community. He found exactly what he was looking for and felt very comfortable with the coaching staff and the Norwich campus. I think Niks is going to be a great addition to the university and to the Cadets locker room. I wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future, I could not be more proud."
As Cerrella mentioned, Krollis felt very comfortable when he visited the school and coaching staff. Getting a quality education, while also competing in the tough New England Hockey Conference (NEHC), were key factors that helped the native of Latvia finalize his decision. From winning to all last season, to being a part of this year's EHL All-Star Weekend, Krollis has done it all in the EHL. The '99 took some time to reflect and give his thanks to all of those who helped him reach this point.
"I am very excited to be joining the Norwich University community next fall," said Krollis. "It was a great fit for me both on and off the ice, and I felt very comfortable on my visit. I want to thank the entire Norwich staff for giving me the opportunity to earn my college degree and play for a great hockey program. I want to thank Coach Cerrella and the entire Avalanche staff for believing in me and helping me every step of the way. I want to thank my billet family, Brian and Jenn Saucier, for everything they have done for me over the last few years. Lastly I would like to thank my mom and dad for all their support from Latvia, and for always supporting me through my hockey journey. I am very excited to be a part of Norwich University next fall."
Krollis and the Avalanche have won 14 straight games, and they will go for their 15th consecutive victory this afternoon 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.
BOSTON, MA -- Ever since the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) was formed back in 2013, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has always recruited the league very strongly. To date, 44 total EHL players have committed to schools in the NESCAC, and that includes five more who will be joining the conference this Fall. The NESCAC is made up of the following ten NCAA hockey programs.
Below you'll find a list of the EHL players who will be kicking off their collegiate hockey careers this Fall, along with insight from a few of the coaches in the NESCAC. The NESCAC is known as one of the stronger athletic conferences at the division III level, but more importantly, is well-recognized for the academic strength of all their institutions.
WALPOLE, MA -- Tommy McCarthy, a defenseman for the Walpole Express, has committed to Westfield State University for the Fall of 2018. The '97 just finished his second season in Walpole, and his first at the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) level. The native of the Dedham, MA spent the 2016-17 campaign at the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) level.
"Tommy was one of our most reliable players on the back end," said Express head coach and general manager Jon Lounsbury. "His skating ability allowed him to control the play and be a high end defender for us. I am excited to see the jump he makes next season at Westfield. I wish Tommy the best of luck in the Fall."
Looking back at his time with the Express, the skilled defenseman posted identical numbers in each of his two seasons. McCarthy notched a pair of goals and 11 assists in his only season in the EHLP, and then posted the same exact line this past year in the EHL. As Lounsbury mentioned, McCarthy proved to be one of the most reliable players for Walpole, and that has a lot to do with how much he developed during his time with the organization.
"I want to personally thank Coach Lounsbury and Coach Polino for all of their help in the last two seasons," said McCarthy. "I had an incredible experience with the Express and I'm excited to head to Westfield in the Fall. Lastly, I want to thank my parents for allowing me the time to develop and pursue my dream of playing college hockey."
Learn more about the Walpole Express on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.