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Grealish Commits to UMass Dartmouth

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/20/2019, 9:00am EDT

Rangers Veteran Forward Set to Join Teammates this Fall

TEWKSBURY, MA -- John Grealish, a forward for the Boston Jr. Rangers, has committed to UMass Dartmouth for the fall of 2019. The '98 native of Bakersfield, CA spent three seasons with the Rangers organization, skating at both the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) levels.

"We are very proud of John on his UMD commitment,” said Rangers' EHL head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio, “He’s another example of the ladder of development; playing for us for 3 seasons, his first year on EHLP, then he became an impact player for his last 2 seasons with our EHL team. He really matured into a solid young man, and hockey player here with us. I’m excited to see him play college hockey."

As DeCaprio mentioned, Grealish started out by playing his first year in the EHLP, tallying 40 points in 45 total games during the 2016-17 season. The veteran forward then made a smooth transition to the next level, as combined between the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, Grealish notched 79 points in 102 career games in the EHL. Overall, Grealish is beyond grateful for everything that the Rangers did for him, along with everyone who helped support and guide him along the way.

“I started my junior hockey career with the Atlanta Knights under Coach Kevin St. Jacques," said Grealish. "I thank him for opening the junior hockey doors for me. From there I have spent the last three years playing for the Boston Junior Rangers under Coach DeCaprio, Coach Aucoin, and Coach Blair. Each coach was instrumental in making me the hockey player and person I am today. I thank each of them for their leadership, encouragement, and dedication to developing me. Not only have they taught me skills and trained me on the ice, but off the ice they have taught me the importance of integrity, mental strength, and balance in life. I’m looking forward to starting the next chapter of life, attending college at UMass Dartmouth, and continuing to grow in hockey this fall. I'd also like to thank all of my amazing teammates throughout the years. Lastly, and most importantly, I would like to thank my parents and family for all their support over the years, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”

Grealish is one of three Rangers players set to join the Corsairs this fall, as Clay Ellerbrock and Jake Maynard each chose the same program for the next step in their respective paths.

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

Nilsson Commits to Lake Forest

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/12/2019, 9:00am EDT

Rangers Defenseman Set to Join Foresters this Fall

TEWKSBURY, MA -- Erik Nilsson, a defenseman for the Boston Jr. Rangers, has committed to Lake Forest College for the fall of 2019. The '99 native of Grand Rapids, MI recently finished his first and only season with the Rangers, tallying 19 points in 44 Eastern Hockey League (EHL) games.

"We are very happy for Erik,” said Rangers head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio, “He developed so much this season, both on and off the ice, and he will be a solid college hockey player. I’m very happy for him.”

As DeCaprio mentioned, Nilsson improved as the season progressed, and garnered the attention of a number of college hockey programs. The Swedish defenseman is excited about his decision, and very thankful for his time with the Rangers.

“I am very excited to be joining the Lake Forest community, it’s a great fit for me both on and off the ice," said Nilsson. "I want to thank the Rangers, Coach DeCaprio, and Coach Aucion for recruiting me, coaching me, and for helping me achieve my goal to play college hockey. I also want to thank my teammates and family for all their support. I look forward to contributing to an outstanding program at Lake Forest College this fall, and wish the Rangers continued success.”

While the season ended sooner than they had hoped, Nilsson and the Rangers still made a great postseason run to end the 2019 campaign.

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

Maynard Commits to UMass Dartmouth

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/09/2019, 9:00am EDT

Rangers Defenseman Set to Join Corsairs this Fall

TEWKSBURY, MA -- Jake Maynard, a defenseman for the Boston Jr. Rangers, has committed to UMass Dartmouth for the fall of 2019. The '98 native of St. John, IN just finished his first and only season with the Rangers, tallying 21 points in 46 total games on the blue line.

"We are very happy for Jake,” said Rangers head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio, “Jake developed so much this season and he will be a solid college hockey player. He’s a vocal leader on the ice, and he competes as hard as anyone on every shift he takes. I’m very happy for him."

Maynard is one of three players from this year's Rangers team that has committed to UMass Dartmouth for this upcoming season. Maynard will enjoy the comfort of already knowing Clay Ellerbrock and John Grealish when he arrives on campus this fall.

"At the beginning of the season I didn’t have a home, but once I came to the Rangers and saw the facilities and met the boys on the team, I knew it was the place for me," said Maynard. "I struggled a little bit at the beginning of the season, but Coach DeCaprio and Coach Aucoin helped me develop my game both on and off the ice. This year was monumental for my play on the defensive side of the puck, and I had to step into a leadership role. I had always dreamed of playing hockey at the NCAA level and now that’s finally becoming a reality. I give all the credit to God and thank UMass Dartmouth for giving me the opportunity to do what I love for the next 4 years to come.”

Be sure to keep your eye on the Corsair hockey team next season, as a trio of Rangers gets set to begin their respective collegiate hockey careers.

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