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Veneklase Commits to SUNY Cortland

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 04/27/2019, 9:00am EDT

Seahawks Forward Set to Join Red Dragons this Fall

DENNIS, MA -- Trevor Veneklase, a forward for the Seahawks Hockey Club, has committed to SUNY Cortland for the fall of 2019. The '98 native of Brentwood, TN recently finished his first and only season in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), tallying 52 points (22 goals, 30 assists) in 48 total games for the Seahawks.

"Trevor is a big time player, who plays a heavy 200-foot game, but has the ability to be very crafty; and within 8 feet from the net, he always has a chance to score," said Seahawks head coach and general manager Bill Zaniboni. "He is a very mature young man off of the ice, and was a big asset to our community, but on the ice Trevor has a great competitive edge that prepares him to bring his best daily. I am excited to see Trevor develop at the college level and I know the staff will be impressed when Trevor gets on campus. I am really proud of Trevor and excited for his family."

Veneklase is the 21st commit for the Seahawks, in just two seasons in the EHL. Overall, the the veteran forward is very happy with his decision to end his junior hockey career with Coach Zaniboni, and he took some time to show his appreciation.

"I'm excited to announce my commitment to continue my academic and athletic careers at SUNY Cortland," said Veneklase. "I want to thank my family, coaches, and teammates for all the support along the way. Playing for the Seahawks organization helped me mature and improve my game, both on and off the ice. I would also like to thank Coach Zaniboni for helping prepare me for this next step and giving me the opportunity to play NCAA hockey. I can't thank my parents enough for all they have sacrificed throughout these years."

Veneklase will be joined by Giancarlo Romano (Connecticut RoughRiders) and Jake Ballagh (New Hampshire Avalanche) this fall, as the three players make up a strong class of incoming EHL freshmen.

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

EHL First Round Recap

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 03/12/2019, 9:00am EDT

Revolution Headline Set of Sweeps

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.

Kapulkin Commits to Wentworth

By Neil Ravin - Director of Communications 03/11/2019, 9:00am EDT

Seahawks Forward Set to Join Leopards this Fall

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.

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