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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.

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.