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.
BOSTON, MA -- The Second Round of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) playoffs is complete, and we're now onto the EHL Frozen Finals. Below you'll find full recaps of all four Second Round series, including a pair of matchups that were decided by just a single goal in the third and final game of each respective set.
TEWKSBURY, MA -- Conor Leonard, a forward for the Boston Jr. Rangers, has committed to Nichols College for the fall of 2019. Leonard unfortunately saw his 2018-19 season end due to injury a few weeks ago, but prior to that, the '98 forward had tallied 24 points in 29 total games.
"We are very happy for Conor on his commitment to Nichols,” said Rangers head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio, “Conor is a great kid, and very good hockey player. He had a tough go this season with some untimely injuries, but he persevered and when he was healthy, he contributed a lot to the team's success. He will have a great 4 years at Nichols."
As DeCaprio mentioned, Leonard's season-ending injury wasn't his only one this year, but the native Billerica, MA continued to work towards this commitment. Overall, this decision has been a long time coming for Leonard, who closes out his junior hockey career having tallied 66 points in 108 total games in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). Ultimately Leonard's choice to join the Rangers in his final year was what led him to Nichols, and for that, the skilled forward is very appreciative.
"Playing for the Rangers has been a great experience for me," said Leonard. "The coaching staff has developed me both as a player and as a person. Playing college hockey has always been a dream of mine. With the help of Coach DeCaprio, Coach Aucoin, my teammates and my family, I have achieved that. I am excited to be joining Nichols College and look forward to my future with them."
While Leonard won't be in the lineup this weekend, he will surely be in the building cheering on his teammates. The EHL team is set to face-off with the New Hampshire Avalanche this afternoon, tomorrow evening, and on Sunday (if necessary) in the Second Round of the playoffs.
Learn more about the Boston Jr. Rangers on the team's official website, and check out the full 2018-19 NCAA commitment list.