PROVIDENCE, RI -- We can officially close the books on the 6th season of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). Following an incredible week at Schneider Arena on the campus of Providence College, we have once again crowned the New Hampshire Avalanche as the Champions of the EHL. After successfully pulling off the 'First Year, First Title' feat this past season, New Hampshire is now two for two. This year’s EHL Frozen Finals were a phenomenal display of some of the talent that the league has to offer, and a final exclamation point on another milestone season for the #Eshow.
"We just had such an awesome group again this season," said Avalanche head coach and general manager Chris Cerrella. "There were a few points during the season where I wondered if this group could accomplish what last year's team did, but that was all confirmed over the past couple weeks. Our group came together as a unit at the perfect time, and as a result, we are champions again. I couldn't be more proud of this team, and especially the 16 NCAA commits that we will have when all is said and done. Of course that is why we are all here, and that's to get these players to the next level. The tournament in Providence featured so many future collegiate hockey players, and three other great teams in the Little Flyers, Wizards, and Knights. Those are three well-run organizations from the top on down, and this was a great event for everyone involved."
HOOKSETT, NH -- Leo Avakovs, a forward for the New Hampshire Avalanche, has committed to Albertus Magnus College for the fall of 2019. The '98 native of Garkalne, Latvia joined the Avalanche in early February, and tallied nine points in 17 total games for New Hampshire. Included in those nine points was the game-winning goal in the EHL Championship Game that made it a 'Second Year, Second Title' finish for the Avalanche.
"Leo is very gifted offensively and his game should translate well to college hockey, as long as he continues to work on playing away from the puck," said Avalanche head coach and general manager Chris Cerrella. "We brought him in late in the year, as we knew he would be a good addition to our offense and he scored some really big goals for us in the playoffs. I wish him and his family nothing but the best, and I am glad to see Leo going off to play college hockey next season."
Avakovs will now join a brand new program at Albertus Magnus College, as the Falcons will kick-off their inaugural season at the Division III level this fall. To date, 13 different EHL players have committed to help launch the program, including another member of the Avalanche in Cameron Weitzman. Avakovs is excited about the future, and also very grateful of the time he spent with the Avalanche.
"I am excited to announce my commitment to further my academic and athletic careers at Albertus Magnus College," said Avakovs. "It is a great fit for me both on the ice and off the ice. I want to thank Coach Wallack for giving me the opportunity to earn my college degree and play for Albertus Magnus. I am honored and excited to be part of building this new program. I want to thank Coach Cerrella and the entire Avalanche staff for their enthusiastic and tireless support. They were able to help me achieve my goal of playing college hockey even though I joined the team late in the season. I especially want to thank my Mom and Dad for always supporting me throughout my hockey journey. I also want to thank my billets, the Saucier family, for letting me be a part of their family and for their support throughout the past three years."
Avakovs is the 15th NCAA Commitment for the Avalanche this season, and the 34th NCAA Commitment since Chris Cerrella and Mario Martiniello launched the program prior to the start of the 2017-18 campaign.
Learn more about the New Hampshire Avalanche on the team's official website, and check out the full 2018-19 NCAA commitment list.
BOSTON, MA -- Nathan Pickett and the New Hampshire Avalanche were a perfect 6-0-0 in the month of March, as they rolled their way to their second consecutive EHL Championship. The '99 native of Auburn, MA was named the MVP of the EHL Playoffs, after posting a 1.17 goals against average to go along with a .958 save percentage. Pickett was a true anchor for his team while standing tall between the pipes in every postseason game.
Looking ahead, Pickett will now set off for Suffolk University this fall, where he will look to carry over the success of his lone season in the EHL. Combined between the regular season and the playoffs, the 6'1 netminder owned a record of 30-2-0, to go along with a 1.57 goals against average, a .942 save percentage, and six shutouts.
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