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Dowler Commits to Southern Maine

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 05/20/2018, 9:00am EDT

RoughRiders Defenseman Joins Growing List of Future Huskies

NORWALK, CT -- Brendan Dowler, a defenseman for the Connecticut RoughRiders, has committed to the University of Southern Maine for the Fall of 2018. The '97 native of Marbledale, CT just finished his second season with the RoughRiders, ending his time in the EHL with 23 points in 92 total games.

"Brendan has played defense all of his career and was very difficult to play against due to his tough defensive play," said RoughRiders head coach and general manager Eric Lind. "This year at the mid-season mark, we moved him to forward as we adjusted our tactical systems, and made preparations for the playoffs. He began to embrace his role as a 'power forward' and was very effective. He started to find the back of the net and was also difficult for opposing defensemen to hold down."

As Lind mentioned, Dowler showed a great sense of unselfishness during the 2017-18 season, as he changed his role to help the team. He'll look to continue to be a key piece as he joins a Huskies team that has always recruited the EHL well. Since the league was formed back in 2013, Southern Maine has now brought in 20 different players from the EHL, and that includes six new faces that will join the program this Fall.

Here is a list of all this year's EHL players that have committed to join the Huskies:

Tyler Gardiner (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Bobby Kinsey (Boston Jr. Rangers)
Brendan Dowler (Connecticut RoughRiders)
Matt Fuller (East Coast Wizards)
Derek Tillotson (New Hampshire Avalanche)
Peter Ciccarelli (Philadelphia Revolution)

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

Arfelt Commits to Southern New Hampshire

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 05/17/2018, 9:00am EDT

RoughRiders Forward Set to Join Teammate this Fall

NORWALK, CT -- Gustaf Arfelt, a forward for the Connecticut RoughRiders, has committed to Southern New Hampshire University for the Fall of 2018. The '97 native of Djursholm, Sweden just finished his first and only season in the EHL, tallying 30 points in 49 total games.

"We have been watching Gustaf’s progress since 2014 when he was a J18 at SDE HF in Sweden," said RoughRiders associate head coach Steven Brown. “After three seasons here in the USA and hard work, Gustaf achieved the goal he set to play in the NCAA next season!”

Arfelt will now follow in his brother's (Oscar Arfelt) footsteps, who played for the RoughRiders during in 2014-15 season. Oscar is currently playing hockey at Manhattanville College. As for Gustaf, he sets out for a program that has supported the EHL very strongly since the league was formed back in 2013. In total over the past 5+ years, the Penmen have now committed 21 total EHL players, and that includes six per year in each of the last two seasons (2017-18 and 2016-17). Gustaf will join his teammate Alex Ring, who made his commitment to SNHU back in April.

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

Shugrue Commits to Westfield State

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 05/11/2018, 9:00am EDT

Bobcats Goaltender Set to Join Owls this Fall

DIX HILLS, NY -- Tyler Shugrue, a goaltender for the New York Bobcats, has committed to Westfield State University for the Fall of 2018. The '98 just finished his first and only season in the EHL, and now becomes the 6th player in league history to commit to join the Owls' program.

The Westfield State Owls compete out of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), which features eight different Division III programs. In total since the EHL was formed back in 2013, the teams in the MASCAC have helped 75 different players turn their collegiate hockey dreams into a reality. Shugrue is the latest player to add his name to this list, and he'll look to keep developing his game starting the very first day he arrives on campus. With one final look back at the 2017-18 season, Shugrue can be very proud of the 19 games in which he st0pped at least 30 shots that were sent his way.

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