TEWKSBURY, MA -- Mike McPherson, a forward for the Boston Jr. Rangers, has committed to Plymouth State for the Fall of 2018. The '97 spent the better part of three years with the Rangers organization, playing for both the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) teams.
"We are very happy for Mike on his commitment to Plymouth State," said Rangers head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio. "Mikey developed with us and climbed the ladder from EHLP, to EHL, and then had stints in both the NAHL and CCHL. Ultimately I think he realized our team and our league was the best spot for him to finish his junior career and make his college commitment. When we got him back in January, he helped us tremendously. He’s a goal scorer and a competitor, but most importantly he’s a great kid. He will have a great college career!"
McPherson's time with the Rangers began with the EHLP team in the 2015-16 season, and that year he tallied an even 100 points in 38 total games. The native of Somerville, MA was named EHLP's Most Valuable Player, and was a key piece in the Ranger's first EHLP Championship.
McPherson moved up the ladder to the EHL for the 2016-17 season, and his scoring didn't skip a beat, as he led the league with 35 goals in the regular season. Including the playoffs, McPherson notched 69 total points in 53 total games that year. Next up for the talented scorer were a pair of stints in the NAHL and CCHL this past season, before ultimately returning back to the Rangers for the playoff run.
In his final set of games in the EHL, McPherson went off for 31 points in 15 total games, and he was a key factor in his team reaching the EHL Frozen Finals. All in all, it was a fabulous junior career for McPherson, and he is very glad to have ended it with the Rangers.
"There is nothing more I will miss in life than coming to the rink everyday with the guys and knowing that I am going to improve as a hockey player," said McPherson. "My time spent with the Rangers in the EHL was enjoyable and everything I could ask for from a developmental standpoint. Both Coach DeCaprio and Coach Blair were dedicated day in and day out, not only to win hockey games, but more importantly to make their players ready for the next level. They changed how I viewed the game of hockey and showed me how the game should really be played with a balance of fun, intensity, and poise. I could not have picked a better team and family to play for in a steadily improving and already talented league. I am extremely excited to start my NCAA journey with Plymouth State University!"
Learn more about the Boston Jr. Rangers on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.
HYANNIS, MA -- Jake Huss, a forward for the Total Athletics Seahawks, has committed to Anna Maria College for the Fall of 2018. The '97 just finished his first season with the Seahawks, and is one of 13 commits from the team's inaugural season in the EHL.
"Jake was a great teammate and a guy that was extremely coachable," said Seahawks head coach and general manager Bill Zaniboni. "I am very happy for Jake and his family as he will play for a great coach and get a fantastic degree."
Huss will go from one inaugural season to another, as the Amcats get set to begin play at the Division III level this Fall. The native of Pennsylvania is one of the nine EHL players who will look to help establish the foundation for the program. Huss is up for the challenge, and he took some time to give his thanks.
"I am proud to announce my commitment to Anna Maria College to continue my academic and athletic career," said Huss. "I am very excited to have an opportunity to play at the NCAA level and would like to thank my parents, coaches, and teammates for all their support; as well as the Seahawks organization, from the owners to the staff, they put together a team that made coming to the rink truly amazing. I would like to especially thank Coach Zaniboni for helping me reach my goal of playing college hockey. He pushed me to be a better player and person on and off the ice. Thank you to everyone, I wouldn't of wanted to end my junior career anywhere else."
Learn more about the Total Athletics Seahawks on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.
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.