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Bride Commits to Air Force Academy

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 05/18/2018, 9:00am EDT

Rangers Alum Set to Join Falcons in the Fall of 2019

TEWKSBURY, MA -- Blake Bride, an alumni of the Boston Jr. Rangers, has committed to the Air Force Academy for the Fall of 2019. The '98 spent the 2016-17 season with the Rangers, racking up a total of 46 points in 52 total games. Following the end of the season, Rangers' head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio sought out to help Bride land a spot on a North American Hockey League (NAHL) team for the 2017-18 campaign. The native of Broomfield, CO was able to land a roster spot, as he started the season with the Minnesota Wilderness. Following the NAHL Showcase in September, the Odessa Jackalopes acquired the forward, and it was at this point when his season really took off. Bride finished the year on the Jackalopes roster, tallying 53 points in 55 total games.

"I am very happy for Blake," said DeCaprio. "He is one of my favorite players that I have ever had the pleasure of coaching, and he truly works harder than everyone else. We told him all the time that he had the talent to play Division I hockey, and we are very proud of his accomplishment. I am really looking forward to watching him play at the next level."

For Bride, while he only played two seasons of junior hockey, he knows each year was very key towards his development. Looking back on the 2016-17 season in the EHL, Bride knows that year in particular really helped him make the jump that he needed.

"Playing in the EHL was the best thing for me at the time," said Bride. "It was my first year of juniors and all I remember when I first got out to Boston was me questioning if I was going to be able continue my success at this next level. My first few games I was intimidated by the talent I was going against. I thought I was going to be able to do whatever I want and put up points, no questions asked. I soon realized that it was okay to play and develop myself into a more well-rounded player. Coach DeCaprio and Coach Blair were very helpful in my growth. They gave me the push and hope that I needed. They taught me to work hard at practice and off-ice training. I wouldn’t be here without these coaches and the Boston Jr. Rangers organization."

While Bride's commitment is the most recent display of a player going from the EHL to the NAHL, and then on to college hockey, he isn't the only Rangers' player to have followed that pattern. Kolby Vegara was a key piece on the blue line for the Rangers during their 2015-16 season. Following that year, Vegara spent the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons with the Philly Rebels in the NAHL, and now he'll join the UMass Minutemen this Fall.

"The EHL helped me to begin to develop all parts of my game, and gave me the opportunities to grow as a player before making the jump to the NAHL," said Vegara.

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

Collett Commits to Castleton University

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 05/14/2018, 9:00am EDT

Seahawks Goaltender Set to Join Spartans in the Fall of 2019

HYANNIS, MA -- Brandon Collett, a goaltender for the Total Athletics Seahawks, has committed to Castleton University for the Fall of 2019. The '98 just finished his first season in the EHL, racking up 8 total wins and a .908 save percentage for the year. With his decision now finalized, the talented netminder can just focus on developing his game during his final season of junior hockey.

"We are excited for the Collett family and Brandon," said Seahawks head coach and general manager Bill Zaniboni. "He has chosen a great school and we are excited to have him in our locker room for another year. Brandon is a very talented goalie who has a high ceiling and he's an even better person."

Collett joins Andrew Bechard of the Vermont Lumberjacks, on the list of 2017-18 EHL players who've made their commitments for the Fall of 2019. It makes the final season of junior hockey much more stress-free, and Collett is looking forward to building off of the last year's inaugural campaign for the Seahawks. The native of Brockton, MA also took some time to give his thanks to all those who helped him along the way.

"I cannot thank my family, coaches, and friends enough for everything they have done for me," said Collett. "I would also like to thank the Seahawks Organization for the endless amount of support they have given me. A special thanks to Coach Zaniboni for helping me improve both as a player and person."

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

Davenport Commits to Assumption College

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 05/10/2018, 9:00am EDT

Wizards Veteran Set to Join Hounds this Fall

BEDFORD, MA -- Chase Davenport, a forward/defenseman for the East Coast Wizards, has committed to Assumption College for the Fall of 2018. The '98 spent the past two seasons with the Wizards, tallying 16 total points in 93 career games in the EHL.

"Chase was a huge asset to our team over the past two seasons," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "He's the type of player that would do whatever was asked of him, whether that meant playing offense or defense. Chase was a leader for our group, and was by no doubt a huge factor in the steps that we've taken as a program. Kory and I can't wait to watch Chase continue to develop at Assumption."

As Meyer mentioned, Davenport bounced back and forth between offense and defense, but never let it make an impact on his overall play on the ice. The native of Princeton, MA was as reliable as any member of the Wizards, and he'll now join a program that has brought in nine different players from the EHL since the league was formed back in 2013. Davenport took some time to reflect and give his thanks to all those who helped him reach this point in his journey.

"I'm extremely glad that I decided to play for the Wizards, as I've learned so much and had an absolute blast in the process," said Davenport. "It's a wonderful place to play and it's been a huge part of my development. I'd like to thank Coach Freddy, Coach Kory, and Adrien for their support and guidance over the past two years. I'm looking forward to starting the next chapter of my career at Assumption College."

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