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Couture Commits to Bryn Athyn

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 03/19/2019, 12:00pm EDT

Chiefs Goaltender Set to Join Lions this Fall

NEWINGTON, CT -- Gabriel Couture, a goaltender for the Connecticut Chiefs, has committed to Bryn Athyn College for the fall of 2019. Couture joined the Chiefs in late October, and won six games over the course of the year for Connecticut. Couture turned heads across the league, while making over 30 saves in 13 different games throughout the season.

"From the moment Gabriel arrived he brought a seriousness, work ethic, and desire to grow as a goaltender, that was contagious throughout our organization," said Chiefs head coach and general manager Kevin Cunningham. "He is a young man who loves the game and is willing to work to earn his opportunities. His play on the ice was excellent, but his impact on the Chiefs, his teammates and me personally has been equally outstanding. I am extremely proud of Gabriel and very excited for him and his family that he will get to continue his education and hockey career at Bryn Athyn, where I believe he will have a tremendous four-year experience and make a significant impact on the Lions’ program.”

As Cunningham mentioned, Couture made his impact felt immediately upon his arrival in Newington. The '98 native of Canada got my comfortable as the season progressed, and now he's looking forward to seeing what he can do at the next level.

"I knew that Bryn Athyn would be a good fit for me nearly right away," said Couture. "I loved the coaching staff from the get-go because of their ambitions for the coming years. It is a very young program with a ton of good young players, so I think the team has a lot of potential. I look forward to helping the program grow and playing a part in the continued establishment of a winning culture. I would also like to thank the Connecticut Chiefs for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talents this season. From the owners to the coaching staff to my teammates and the team’s support staff, everyone has been great to me and I know that I would not be heading to Bryn Athyn in the fall without all of them."

Learn more about the Connecticut Chiefs on the team's official website, and check out the full 2018-19 NCAA commitment list.

TSR Hockey Stars of the Week #23

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 03/04/2019, 4:00pm EST

Starzi, Krollis, and Girard Earn EHL Weekly Honors

BOSTON, MA -- That's a wrap on the 2018-19 regular season in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). The final week featured a handful of teams solidifying their playoff seedings, and a number of great performances from across the league.

The EHL is pleased to announce that Anthony Starzi (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights), Niks Krollis (New Hampshire Avalanche), and Billy Girard (Boston Jr. Rangers) have been named the TSR Hockey Stars of the Week.

It's now time for the First Round of the EHL Playoffs, as the road to Providence has officially begun. Remember to catch the #Eshow all month long on HockeyTV.

Heinze Goes Out with a Win

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 03/02/2019, 9:00am EST

Warriors Coach Retires After 20 Seasons

HAVERHILL, MA -- It was the perfect ending to a phenomenal coaching career for Andy Heinze of the Valley Jr. Warriors. Yesterday afternoon, Gaetano DeLonge scored just under four minutes into overtime, giving the Warriors a 4-3 victory against the Walpole Express, in each team's final game of the 2018-19 regular season. Following the game, Heinze announced that this would be the last junior game of his coaching career.

"Andy is one of the best guys that I've had the pleasure of working with for a number of years," said Mark Kumpel, the EHL's Director of Hockey Operations. "Andy was always dedicated to his players, and did everything he could to put them in positions to succeed. Looking at just the history of the EHL, and Andy has helped over 50 players advance to collegiate hockey programs. Of course the numbers stretch further back than the first year of the EHL, and I would like to personally congratulate Andy on a phenomenal coaching career."

Yesterday's win over Walpole went in the books as Heinze's 330th career victory in his 20th and final season as General Manager and Head Coach of the Warriors. Throughout his coaching career with the Warriors, Heinze registered an impressive 330 wins in the EHL and the EJHL, spanning from 1999-2019, and he was named coach of the year three times. Heinze has been a fixture in the Warrior program for the past two decades, working with both the Juniors and the youth programs, from mites through midgets.

Heinze enjoyed the opportunity to coach at all levels in the Warrior organization over the years, including coaching his sons Nolan and Adam. Heinze looks forward to an off-season in which he will spend quality time with his family and focus on new business endeavors.

The Jr. Warrior organization would like to thank Andy for all of his hard work and 20 great seasons with the club.

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