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Rowella Commits to Manhattanville College

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/19/2018, 9:00am EDT

RoughRiders Captain Set to Join Valiants this Fall

NORWALK, CT -- Alex Rowella, a forward for the Connecticut RoughRiders, has committed to Manhattanville College for the the Fall of 2018. In three seasons with the RoughRiders, the '97 racked up 121 points in 136 career games in the EHL.

"Alex possesses great hockey vision and creativity and was potent on the power-play and penalty kill," said RoughRiders head coach and general manager Eric Lind. "He recognized scoring chances and was quick to act on those opportunities. He was that all-around forward that players hated to play against due to his skill level and the effectiveness of his agitation. A true leader on and off the ice, Alex was our team captain this past season and his professionalism and leadership skills will transition perfectly to the collegiate locker room at Manhattanville next year.”

When Rowella arrives at Manhattanville, he will quickly be joined by a former teammate of his in Keegan Davis. Davis spent the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons with RoughRiders, and just finished his freshmen campaign at Manhattanville. The Valiants have brought in eight players from the EHL since the league was formed back in 2013, and that includes at least one new player in each of the five seasons. Manhattanville plays out of the competitive United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC), that includes some of the top teams in all of Division III NCAA hockey.

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

Higgins Commits to Bryn Athyn

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/15/2018, 12:00pm EDT

Little Flyers Forward Set to Join Lions this Fall

ASTON, PA -- Eric Higgins, a forward for the Philadelphia Little Flyers, has committed to Bryn Athyn College for the Fall of 2018. The '97 joined the Little Flyers in November, and tallied an even 11 goals and 11 assists in 36 total games.

"We're very proud of Eric on his commitment to Bryn Athyn,” said Little Flyers head coach and general manager George Lewis. “After speaking with Coach Andrew Burke, they are very excited about Eric and we think this is a great fit for both parties. Higgs is a guy who can play in any situation and already has NCAA experience. He will do an excellent job next season. We’ll miss Higgs on and off the ice; he brought so much to our team. Having a guy come from the NCAA ranks is very unique and a great experience for our guys to learn from. He will be extremely difficult to replace, but we wish him luck and know he’ll continue to do a great job."

As Lewis mentioned, Higgins brought NCAA playing experience with him, as he spent the 2016-17 season at Lebanon Valley College. All in all, the time spent playing college hockey as well as the time from this past season with the Little Flyers, has Higgins ready to make an immediate impact at Bryn Athyn. The native of Richboro, PA took some time to reflect and give his thanks.

"First off, I’d like to thank Coach George Lewis and the Giacobbos for allowing me to join the Little Flyers this year," said Higgins. "I also want to say thank you to all of my teammates for making me grow as a player, and for making this season one to remember. Finally, I’d like to thank Coach Burke and Coach Seravalli at Bryn Athyn for showing a persistent interest in me. I am excited about this new opportunity to prove myself and look forward to joining the Lions in the Fall."

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

Kane Commits to Lake Forest College

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/15/2018, 9:00am EDT

RoughRiders All-Star Forward Set to Join Foresters this Fall

NORWALK, CT -- Cullen Kane, a forward for the Connecticut RoughRiders, has committed to Lake Forest College for the Fall of 2018. The '97 just finished his first season in the EHL, tallying 76 total points in 50 games for the RoughRiders.

"Cullen Kane was a marvelous offensive forward for us this past season, with wonderful on-ice vision and super play-making skills," said RoughRiders head coach and general manager Eric Lind. "Cullen’s individual stick-handling and puck control made him an opponent’s nightmare night-to-night. He also exhibited tremendous team leadership abilities in the locker room and on the bench throughout the season.”

The cousin of Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Cullen was his team's representative on this year's EHL All-Star Team. While the RoughRiders season ended sooner than they had hoped in the Second Round of the EHL Playoffs, the native of New York and his teammates still have a lot to be proud of.

Kane is now heading to Lake Forest, where he will be joined by William Lebel of the Walpole Express. The Foresters play out of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA), which is filled with some of the top teams in all of Division III hockey. The conference that also includes the 2017-18 National Champions (St. Norbert), will be welcoming in nine former EHL players this Fall.

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

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