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McCarthy Commits to Westfield State

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 07/28/2018, 9:00am EDT

Express Defenseman Set to Join Owls this Fall

WALPOLE, MA -- Tommy McCarthy, a defenseman for the Walpole Express, has committed to Westfield State University for the Fall of 2018. The '97 just finished his second season in Walpole, and his first at the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) level. The native of the Dedham, MA spent the 2016-17 campaign at the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) level.

"Tommy was one of our most reliable players on the back end," said Express head coach and general manager Jon Lounsbury. "His skating ability allowed him to control the play and be a high end defender for us. I am excited to see the jump he makes next season at Westfield. I wish Tommy the best of luck in the Fall."

Looking back at his time with the Express, the skilled defenseman posted identical numbers in each of his two seasons. McCarthy notched a pair of goals and 11 assists in his only season in the EHLP, and then posted the same exact line this past year in the EHL. As Lounsbury mentioned, McCarthy proved to be one of the most reliable players for Walpole, and that has a lot to do with how much he developed during his time with the organization.

"I want to personally thank Coach Lounsbury and Coach Polino for all of their help in the last two seasons," said McCarthy. "I had an incredible experience with the Express and I'm excited to head to Westfield in the Fall. Lastly, I want to thank my parents for allowing me the time to develop and pursue my dream of playing college hockey."

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

Pederson Commits to Anna Maria College

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 07/15/2018, 9:00am EDT

Seahawks Forward Set to Join Teammates this Fall

HYANNIS, MA -- Trace Pederson, a forward for the Seahawks Hockey Club, has committed to Anna Maria College for the Fall of 2018. The '97 just finished his first and only season in the EHL, as he notched 6 points in 29 total games.

"We are very excited for Trace and his family," said Seahawks head coach and general manager Bill Zaniboni. "Trace had a up and down year when it came to injuries, and his season was cut short by an injury. He remained with the team and was a positive teammate all year. He is a fast player that can win face-offs. His speed and quickness should be a nice attribute to Anna Maria and the hockey program."

As Zaniboni mentioned, Pederson's season was unfortunately cut short due to injury, but that didn't keep the native of Colorado from making his NCAA Commitment. Pederson will now re-join Jake Huss and Alex Friend this Fall at Anna Maria College. The three Seahawks alums are part of an incoming class that includes 12 former players from the EHL. Pederson is looking forward to helping the Amcats get off to a good start in their first season in division III hockey.

"I'm proud to announce my commitment to Anna Maria College," said Pederson. "I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in this journey to collegiate hockey. I'd like to thank all my teammates and coaches who have pushed me to become the player I am today. I'd like to especially thank Coach Zaniboni for not only preparing me for the next level, but also preparing me to take on the next chapter of my life."

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

Wright Commits to Suffolk University

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 07/07/2018, 9:00am EDT

Express Forward Set to Join Rams this Fall

WALPOLE, MA -- Eric Wright, a forward for the Walpole Express, has committed to Suffolk University for the Fall of 2018. After spending the 2015-16 season playing for the Express in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP), the '97 transitioned well to the EHL level, putting together back-to-back solid years. While his 2016-17 season was cut a little short due to injury, Wright bounced back this past year and finished his junior career with 50 points in 76 career games in the EHL.

"Eric had a great junior hockey career with the Express and we are excited to see him make the jump to NCAA hockey next season," said Express head coach and general manager Jon Lounsbury. "His passion for the game and compete level are his best asset to help him make an impact next season at Suffolk. There is no doubt in my mind that Eric will have a great college career playing in the NEHC."

A few seasons ago at the EHLP level (2015-16 campaign), the California native led his team in scoring with 67 points in 41 regular season games. Wright then added to his totals with a goal and five assists in three playoff games. Wright is very excited about his future, and also extremely thankful to all those who helped make it possible.

"I want to thank the Walpole Express, especially Coach Lounsbury and Coach Polino, for helping me get to where I am today," said Wright. "I also want to thank my family for all of their support over the years."

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

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