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.
HOOKSETT, NH -- John Scala, a forward for the New Hampshire Avalanche, has committed to Middlebury College for the Fall of 2018. The '97 joined the Avalanche at the October Showcase, and finished the season with 31 points in 32 total games. Scala was an offensive catalyst for his team in the playoffs, especially when he scored three goals in a Second Round sweep of the East Coast Wizards.
"Scala has a lot of offensive talent," said Avalanche head coach and general manager Chris Cerrella. "We did a lot of work on his play away from the puck since he arrived in October and if he continues to develop that end of his game, he will score some goals for Middlebury in the years to come. I am very proud of John and his accomplishments; he is one of the most respectful and coachable players that I have had the pleasure of coaching. I think he is going to be very successful on the ice and in the classroom over the next four years. I wish him and his family the best of luck as he heads to the next chapter of his life."
The '98 forward did face a few bumps this past season, as an injury kept him out of the lineup for the entire month of February. For most players, the last month of the regular season is a nice tune-up for the playoffs. For the native of Massapequa, NY, he made it seem like he had played that whole month, as he was named the TSR Hockey Top Performer following the series with the Wizards. Looking back on the year, Scala is very appreciative of his time with the Avalanche.
"I would like to thank my entire family for all their support over the years and giving me the opportunity to play junior hockey in order to reach my dream of playing college hockey," said Scala. "A special thanks to Coach Cerrella for believing in me and bringing me in this season and pushing me every day to improve. Also, a thanks to Assistant Coach/Owner Mario Martiniello and the entire Avs organization for helping me prepare for the college level on and off the ice. I am very excited to continue my academic and athletic career at such a prestigious school like Middlebury, and I can not wait to be part of their student-athlete community. I would like to send a big thank you to the Zervos family for inviting me into their home and being a part of their family during my time in New Hampshire. I am very excited to be part of the Middlebury team, GO PANTHERS!"
Learn more about the New Hampshire Avalanche on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.
BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League is pleased to announce that Connor Kucharski (New Hampshire Avalanche), Alex Friend (Total Athletics Seahawks), and David Rosales (Vermont Lumberjacks) have been named the 2017-18 Student-Athletes of the Year. Each player turned heads both on the ice and off the ice, exemplifying the idea of being a 'student-athlete.' Whether it was community service hours, or additional time spent studying, each individual set themselves apart from the rest. For this year's new award in the EHL, each team submitted their own candidate and the league officials determined the final award winners.
"Just like our new Humanitarian Award, we sought out to find a way to honor some of the top individuals in the EHL," said Mark Kumpel, the EHL's Director of Hockey Operations. "Our organizations are helping these players grow as young men, and much of this growth takes place away from the rink. Of course what takes place on the ice is important, but all the college coaches also ask about what takes place when our guys aren't playing hockey. The college coaches are looking for players who will help them win hockey games, but also earn an education while they play. These three individuals all have very bright futures ahead of them, because they are dedicated to aspects of their life other than hockey. On behalf of the EHL, I would like to congratulate Connor, Alex, and David, for all the work they put in this past year."