WARWICK, RI -- Earlier this evening the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) announced all of this year's honorees at the 1st Annual Banquet of Champions and Awards Show. Below you'll find a list of the All-Conference selections, to go along with the set of awards that the EHL gives away each year. Every award was voted on by the 18 head coaches in the EHL.
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.
ODENTON, MD -- Connor Redden, a forward for Team Maryland, has committed to Saint Michael's College for the fall of 2019. The '99 native of Southbury, CT just finished his first and only season in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), tallying 21 points in 33 total games.
"Connor was a tremendous player both on and off the ice for us this season," said Maryland head coach and general manager Jason Rowe. "He is a great young man, with a strong work ethic, and will thrive at Saint Michael's College. I am very excited for Connor and the entire Redden family as he continues his academic and athletic careers as a Purple Knight."
Redden is the second EHL player to commit to Saint Michael's College this season, joining Sam Johnson of the Walpole Express, who made the same decision in February. While Team Maryland's season ultimately fell short of making the EHL Playoffs, Redden is still beyond grateful of everything he gained from the EHL. The talented forward took some time to show his appreciation to everyone that helped him along the way.
"I am very excited to be attending Saint Michael's College," said Redden. "They hold the highest of standards in academics and athletics. I'm thrilled to be part of the Purple Knight family and look forward to my next four years. I want to thank my family and my coaches, especially Jason Rowe, who helped me develop over the course of this season."
Learn more about the Team Maryland on the team's official website, and check out the full 2018-19 NCAA commitment list.