NORWALK, CT -- Colin O’Connor, a defenseman for the Connecticut RoughRiders, has committed to Saint Michael's College for the Fall of 2018. O'Connor just finished his first and only year in the EHL, as the '98 tallied an even 47 points in 47 regular season games. The native of Connecticut made his impact felt in all three zones on the ice.
"Colin's composure on the ice allowed him to be extremely effective on both the offensive and defensive sides of the game," said RoughRiders head coach and general manager Eric Lind. "He had the vision and knack of finding forwards sticks starting from the attack into the offensive zone, allowing us to put the puck in the net.”
As mentioned, O'Connor averaged a point per game in the EHL as he racked up 11 goals and 36 assists to his name. O'Connor is the first EHL player from the 2017-18 season to commit to Saint Michael's, but that isn't the case when you add up the totals from the five seasons that have taken place since the EHL was formed back in 2013. In total, Saint Michael's has now brought in 11 different players from the EHL.
Learn more about the Connecticut RoughRiders on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.
HAMDEN, CT -- Ryan Kheir, a forward for the Connecticut Oilers, has committed to Becker College for the Fall of 2018. After joining the Oilers in early November, the '97 racked up 13 points in 33 games. In total, Kheir appeared in 42 EHL games last season, and he tallied 18 points to his name.
"Ryan came to our team in the middle of the year and worked very hard towards this goal," said Oilers head coach and general manager Karl Linden. "Ryan’s speed and transition game will translate real well to the next level.”
When Kheir arrives at Becker College, he will join a strong class of incoming freshmen that is loaded with EHL experience. Along with Kheir, the Hawks will welcome in the following EHL players this Fall.
Jake Cagnina - (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Connor Lenaghan - (Philadelphia Jr. Flyers)
Dennis Ruppe - (Philadelphia Jr. Flyers)
Tim Atkins - (Total Athletics Seahawks)
Nick DiLisi - (Total Athletics Seahawks)
Cooper Fowler - (Valley Jr. Warriors)
The native of Texas is honored to be a part of this group, and he took some time to reflect and give thanks to all of those who helped him reach this point.
“I’d like to thank my coaches and the Connecticut Oilers for bringing me in and giving me all the opportunities to succeed as a hockey player,” said Kheir. "I’d also like to thank my family for the support throughout the years of my hockey career. The work doesn’t stop, it’s just the beginning of a new page."
BOSTON, MA -- On Tuesday, the North American Hockey League (NAHL) held its annual draft, as the hockey calendar turns over to the upcoming 2018-19 season. In total, four former Eastern Hockey League (EHL) players were drafted, led by Dylan Schuett who was selected 6th overall by the Brookings Blizzard. The 2017-18 EHL Rookie of the Year is honored to have been selected towards the very top of the draft, and he took some time to talk about how valuable his time in the EHL was towards his development.
RAVIN - "Before the start of the 2017-18 season, were you nervous about being one of the youngest players in the EHL?"
SCHUETT - "Before the season began, I was definitely a little nervous going from playing against guys my age or a year younger at Edge, to playing against guys up to 3 years older. However it provided me with extra motivation to prove that I belonged with the older boys and could fit in with their speed and size and more mature game. I think being the youngest also took some pressure off because there were no expectations for me to live up to, especially as a new player and rookie, at the start of the season, which changed quickly."
RAVIN - "At what point last year did you realize you belonged on the same ice as all these players that were at least a couple years older than you?"
SCHUETT - "I would say it was when [Devin] Panzeca showed up around the 10-game mark; that's when I realized I belonged. It helped that I scored the first goal of the year for the Wizards, as I got that monkey off my back right away. However, when Panzeca arrived around the 10-game mark, things just took off from there. It was when he took me under his wing that I really started to excel and realized I could not only keep up, but perform with the older guys."
RAVIN - "Looking back on the year as a whole, what areas of your game were you able to improve that helped you go #6 overall in the NAHL draft?"
SCHUETT - "I don’t think it was any one part of my game that improved, but rather my game as a whole. Freddy and Kory gave me the opportunity to play in all aspects of the game, whether it was even strength, penalty kill or even power play. I became relied on for key face-offs and important situations in the game. Freddy, Kory and Adrien spent a lot of time one-on-one time with me as well. On the ice it was little things, like puck control, fluidity, and hand placement on my stick. Of the ice, Adrien spent a lot of his time with me in the gym to get bigger and stronger, and to improve my strength and physicality on the ice. I gained 12 pounds throughout the season, which is more than I ever have before, and I know it was due to the the intensity of the training with Adrien."
While Schuett was the first EHL player selected in the draft, he wasn't the only one. Hayden Taylor was part of the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers that won the 2016-17 EHL Championship, and he was selected by the Lone Star Brahmas with the 21st overall pick in the draft.
Later on, Niks Krollis of the New Hampshire Avalanche was selected by the Amarillo Bulls, and Bryce Witman of the Philadelphia Revolution was taken by the New Jersey Titans.
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