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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.

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.

Cagnina Commits to Becker College

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/18/2018, 9:00am EDT

Rangers Forward Joins Growing List of Future Hawks

TEWKSBURY, MA -- Jake Cagnina, a forward for the Boston Jr. Rangers, has committed to Becker College for the Fall of 2018. The '97 from South Berwick, ME played in 52 of 55 games this season for the Rangers, racking up 16 points over the course of the year.

"We are very happy for Jake on his commitment," said Rangers head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio. "He's the perfect example of what it means to be a great teammate. His size and work ethic allowed him to improve a ton this year. He was the glue in our locker room. Jake is a great kid and he earned this opportunity to play college hockey."

Cagnina was a key piece for a Rangers' team that was filled with great depth from top to bottom. While Cagnina's name isn't at the top of the scoring charts, his impact was definitely felt in each and every matchup. As DeCaprio mentioned, Cagnina was the "glue" that kept the group together. The future Hawk really enjoyed this past season with the Rangers, and took some time to give his thanks.

"I had a great year with the Rangers, and loved coming to the rink and working with the guys everyday," said Cagnina. "I learned a lot from Coach DeCaprio and Coach Blair. I can't thank them and my teammates enough. Playing in the EHL and playing for the Rangers provided me with a great opportunity and exposure to colleges from all over, and I couldn’t be happier with my choice to attend Becker College."

While the Rangers season ended sooner than they had hoped, Cagnina and the rest of his team can be very proud of all that they accomplished throughout the year. Cagnina has a bright future ahead of him, and it will be fun to see him line up against some of his junior teammates when they kick-off their collegiate careers. One teammate in particular who he'll definitely matchup with is Damien Dangueuger, as the former captain is heading to Western New England University and the two will do battle in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).

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