NCAA Commitments

NCAA: RPI Adds Jahnke Sisters For 2020 and 2021

Posted on March 30, 2020

Sisters Mika and Riena Jahnke announced that they have committed to RPI; both of the sisters were previously committed to Yale. Mika Jahnke is a going to join the Engineers in 2021. She’s a forward with the Dallas Stars Elite U19 team. “Jahnke handles the puck well in all situations; as a smaller player, she…

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NCAA: Khloe Lund Commits to Bemidji State, RPI Adds Two

Posted on March 20, 2020

Defenseman Khloe Lund will stay close to home, announcing this week that she had committed to play college hockey next season at Bemidji State, about 90 minutes from where she grew up in Thief River Falls, Minn. In 24 games this season as a senior, Lund had 36 points, including 22 goals from the blue…

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Madeline Palumbo Commits to Colgate University

Posted on May 20, 2019

Madeline Palumbo has committed to Colgate University and is set to be rostered for the 2023-2024 season. NZ scouts have noted Madeline for her high IQ and ability to think quickly. She has a talent for finding tape and setting up her teammates.  Not unlike most Canadians, Madeline started playing on an outdoor rink: “My…

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Maxi Bird Commits to LIU Brooklyn

Posted on May 13, 2019

LIU Brookly has secured Maxi Bird for the 2019-2020 season. NZ scouts have noted Bird on her impressive speed and forechecking capabilities. She has a no quit mentality and will make her opponents pay if they underestimate her. She tells us about how she started her hockey career: “I started playing hockey when I was…

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Abby Ruggiero Commits to Cornell for 2020

Posted on May 27, 2017

After fielding interest from several Division 1 programs, including Cornell, Yale, Harvard, Holy Cross, and Mercyhurst,15-year old prospect Abby Ruggiero of the Buffalo Regals announced via Twitter that she had made her decision to play NCAA Division 1 college hockey at Cornell University for the 2020 season. Inspired by older sister Emma (Buffalo State ‘19),…

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Samantha Smigliani Commits to Colgate for 2019

Posted on September 2, 2016

California Wave standout and current 10th grader, Samantha Smigliani, recently committed to Colgate University (2019). Neutral Zone has had an opportunity to watch Samantha throughout the year, including at the Stoney Creek Midget Tournament. Samantha caught our eye, and certainly others, as she earned an invitation to the U18 Player Development Camp in St. Cloud, MN….

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Peyton Cullaton Commits to Northeastern for 2019

Posted on June 26, 2016

  Peyton Cullaton’s love for hockey began early while growing up in Colorado and watching her dad play professionally.  No longer a 9-year old new to the game, Peyton recently committed to Northeastern University and is preparing for her high school season at Lakeville North. Neutral Zone caught up with Peyton recently to learn more…

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Kayla Martinez Commits to Lindenwood

Posted on June 14, 2016

    Neutral Zone had a chance to chat with recent 2018 Lindenwood University commit, Kayla Martinez. At 4-years old, Martinez began her skating career and recognition of her burgeoning talent soon followed. Coaches identified her early on as a stand-out and remarked to her parents that with continued hard work “Kayla is going somewhere…

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