BOSTON, MA -- Ever since the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) was formed back in 2013, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has always recruited the league very strongly. To date, 44 total EHL players have committed to schools in the NESCAC, and that includes five more who will be joining the conference this Fall. The NESCAC is made up of the following ten NCAA hockey programs.
Below you'll find a list of the EHL players who will be kicking off their collegiate hockey careers this Fall, along with insight from a few of the coaches in the NESCAC. The NESCAC is known as one of the stronger athletic conferences at the division III level, but more importantly, is well-recognized for the academic strength of all their institutions.
WARMINSTER, PA -- Hayden Ford, a defenseman for the Philadelphia Revolution, has committed to Buffalo State College for the Fall of 2018. The '97 played two full seasons with the Revolution, tallying 47 points in 86 total games on the blue line.
"Hayden has really progressed over his two years here with the Revolution," said Revolution general manager Chris Kanaly. "He was one of our most steady and reliable defenseman. He is a rock on the back end, who rarely makes mistakes. He was definitely an unsung hero on our team last season.”
As Kanaly mentioned, Ford was incredibly reliable for his team this past season, and that can be proven through the fact that he dressed in every single regular season and postseason game (56 total games). The native of New Jersey is excited for the future, but also very grateful for his time in Philadelphia.
"I want to thank the Revolution organization for a great two years," said Ford. "I am looking forward to applying what I learned from Coach Rogger and Coach Matiskiel to Buffalo State and play for Coach Murphy. I want to make an impact right away and I felt Buffalo State was the school where I could earn that opportunity."
Learn more about the Philadelphia Revolution on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.
BOSTON, MA -- This past week a pair of announcements were made regarding a couple coaches from the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).
After two seasons behind the bench for the New York Applecore, Graham Johnson has been named the new head coach of the MSOE Raiders in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA - Division III). Also after two seasons (one as Head Coach and one as Assistant Coach), George Lewis of the Philadelphia Little Flyers has been named the new Assistant Coach of the Amarillo Bulls in the North American Hockey League (NAHL - Tier II). The EHL would like to congratulate each coach on earning their new positions, as well as thank these hard-working individuals for everything they did for the league.
"My experience in the EHL has been invaluable to my development as a head coach," said Johnson. "The caliber of the coaches in the league forces you to get better everyday, to work hard, and get creative. My time with the Applecore has provided me the tools to move on to the college level as a more prepared head coach, in order to compete in one of the most competitive conferences at the NCAA Division III level."
Lewis echoed a similar sentiment towards his time in the EHL, and also spoke of his excitement towards being reunited with Rocky Russo (former Head Coach of the Little Flyers).
“Rocky is an excellent hockey coach as everyone knows,” Lewis said. “I was fortunate enough to walk into a good situation when I got together with him in Philadelphia. Rocky and I are pretty much on the same page when it comes to coaching; from the way we think the game, prepare, and compete. We want to do a good job.”
Each coach can't wait to get started this fall, but they also are really thankful for all those who helped them reach this point. Just like all of the players that advance from the EHL, the coaches rely on strong supporting casts as well.
"I would like to thank Bob and Steve Santini, Mark Kumpel and the rest of the league staff, for the opportunity to coach in the EHL," said Johnson. "My assistant coaches [Eric Soltys, Brian Fahey, and Matt Voity], and everyone else who helped over these past two years, this would not have been possible without each of you."
"I would like to thank the Giacobbo family for the opportunity they gave me with the Little Flyers," said Lewis. "I would also like to thank Mark Catron, Mike Narrigan, Anthony Lorusso, and everyone else that made my job that much easier in Philadelphia. I learned a lot during my time in the EHL, and I will be keeping a very close watch on the league as it continues to grow stronger over the next few years."
Read the full releases on Graham Johnson and George Lewis.
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