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.
WORCESTER, MA -- Blake Wojtala, an alumnus of the New York Applecore and Salve Regina University, has signed a professional contract with the Worcester Railers of the ECHL. The '94 native of Trenton, MI spent the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons with the Applecore. Following his two-year stint in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), Wojtala became one of the top goaltenders in all of NCAA Division III hockey. He played four seasons for Salve Regina, as he finished his collegiate hockey career as the program's all-time leader in wins (63), saves (2900), save percentage (.927), goals against average (2.32), and shutouts (11).
"I am very excited and proud of Blake Wojtala," said Salve Regina head coach Zech Klann. "He has worked extremely hard throughout his career as a Seahawk for this opportunity to play professionally. Blake is an athlete that came to the rink everyday striving to become a better hockey player. Salve Regina Hockey expects to develop student athletes over their four years as Seahawks so they can have a chance to take their game professionally after working towards a degree. Blake Wojtala will be remembered as a great teammate and competitor. The Salve Regina coaching staff and I look forward to watching this special player develop at the professional ranks." -- Quote from SalveAthletics.com.
There are many performances that standout from Wojtala's NCAA career, but the most notable was the 55 saves he made against the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2018 NCAA Semi-Finals. The Seahawks ultimately fell in the National Championship game last year, but they never would have reached that point if it wasn't for Wojtala.
The EHL would like to congratulate Blake on a fantastic collegiate hockey career, that also included being named the Goalie of the Year twice in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). We would like to wish Blake the best of luck as he now begins his professional hockey career.