The Recruit Stories

Bross heads east to join UMass Boston

Posted on August 14, 2017

UMass Boston (NEHC) recently received a commitment from 3.25-star prospect Zack Bross from the Minot Minotauros of the NAHL. The 6’0”, 195-lb. ’96 born forward hails from Weldon Spring, Missouri and is a veteran grab for the Beacons and coach Peter Belisle. Bross is a mature, strong and smart player with a high compete level…

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Hard Work Pays Off: The Paul Cotter Story

Posted on October 14, 2016

  Pulling into the driveway of his Canton, MI home, a 4-year-old Paul Cotter noticed something across the street; a boy, playing road hockey with a stick and ball. The rest, as the saying goes, was history. From that moment on, Paul Cotter knew that he wanted to play hockey. He told his parents, and…

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Halifax to Hanover: The Jack Cameron Story

Posted on October 13, 2016

    In one of the smaller Canadian provinces, Nova Scotia, hockey has established a tight community. Families bring their kids to the rink and it takes on the feel of a social gathering. The mutual support is what really sticks out to 99-born defenseman Jack Cameron. I started playing hockey when I was five…

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2016 NCAA Men’s Hockey Recruiting Class Rankings

Posted on October 7, 2016

  As the 2016-2017 season kicks off this evening, we wanted to share the final 2016 Recruiting Class Rankings with college hockey coaches, players and fans. The interactive rankings can be viewed by subscribers under the Team Rankings tab. There you can see who is committed to these schools, what their individual star ratings are…

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Unlikely Beginnings: The Marcus Gretz Story

Posted on October 6, 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico isn’t exactly known as a hockey hot bed when it comes to breeding future Division 1 players, but it was home to talented Belle Tire defenseman Marcus Gretz. He is defying those odds and proving that hard work and determination is the remedy to success in hockey. Although he is recognized for being one of the top minor midget players in the nation; his hockey career began almost by accident.

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Keep Working: The Griffin Lunn Story

Posted on October 1, 2016

There is an old coach’s adage that goes something like this: the one aspect of hockey you can control is how much effort you put in. No matter whether your name appears in the scoresheet: you can still give maximum effort: those are the players who succeed. It turns out that a father/son trip to…

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The Road Less Traveled: The Ryan O’Connell Story

Posted on September 22, 2016

  Growing up in Gloucester, ON, Canada, a suburb of Ottawa, Ryan O’Connell fell in love with the game of hockey at an early age. At age four he laced up the skates for the first time, and hasn’t looked back since. “Both my parents grew up in a hockey environment where my dad played…

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A Development Focus: The Harrison Roy Story

Posted on September 18, 2016

  Every hockey player’s love for the game is built on a foundation of humble beginnings. In the case of Harrison Roy, that love for the sport started when his feet first touched the ice at age 3 and he joined his first organized team at age 5. I have been in the Boston Bandits organization ever since…

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“Not Big Enough”: The Drew DeRidder Story

Posted on September 9, 2016

  Don’t tell Drew DeRidder that he’s not big enough to stop the puck. The “undersized” goalie has accomplished more as a sixteen-year-old than most youth players do in their whole career. Hockey is a way of life in the DeRidder household as both his father and grandfather played and coached the game. For Drew,…

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Home Grown: The Joey Strada Story

Posted on September 6, 2016

  At 5’3” and 130 lbs Joey Strada doesn’t look like a hockey player. He certainly doesn’t look like a division one talent…until the puck drops. The fast, cerebral playmaker displays an up-tempo game with slick hands and quick feet. For Strada, who grew up in Scottsdale, AZ, ice hockey was not the state pastime,…

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