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 First Round of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) playoffs has come and gone, with all four series being decided in just two games apiece. While they will go in the books as "sweeps", each matchup was challenging for the four teams that advanced to the Second Round.
DENNIS, MA -- Ariel Kapulkin, a forward for the Seahawks Hockey Club, has committed to the Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) for the fall of 2019. The '98 native of Ramat Gan, Israel just finished his second season in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), and his first full year with the Seahawks. In 71 career games in the EHL, Kapulkin scored seven goals and dished out 21 assists.
"Ariel had a very big summer in development and showed he is always looking to get better," said Seahawks head coach and general manager Bill Zaniboni. "His determination to never settle showed in his numbers this season; last year producing 3 points at the EHL level, and this year tallying 25 points before seeing his season cut short. To see a player take the summer and make sure they are accountable is a big part of the maturity and readiness for college hockey, and seeing Ariel in training camp this year we knew he was going to be a college player."
As Zaniboni mentioned, Kapulkin saw his season end sooner than he had hoped, with an injury that kept him out of the lineup for the team's First Round series with the Boston Jr. Rangers. Despite missing the postseason, the veteran forward made a huge jump this year, and he's ready for the next level.
"I am very excited to be joining the Wentworth Institute of Technology as a student and athlete," said Kapulkin. "I have finally earned an opportunity to play NCAA hockey and I am very thankful that the coaching staff at WIT has offered that to me. I would like to thank Coach Zaniboni and the entire Seahawks Hockey program for everything they have done for me over the past two seasons. I want to thank my teammates for believing in me as a player and a teammate. I want to send a special thank you to my family, as without their constant support throughout my hockey career, this would have not been possible. Lastly I would like to thank the EHL for developing me as a player and giving the players of the league a chance to showcase their skills in front of all the college coaches on a daily basis."
Kapulkin is the second player to commit to join the Leopards next season, joining Matt Ernster of the New Hampshire Avalanche, who made the same decision back in early February. Prior to this year, Wentworth had committed 15 total EHL players in the first five seasons of the league.
Learn more about the Seahawks Hockey Club on the team's official website, and check out the full 2018-19 NCAA commitment list.