The hockey season has wrapped up for the Massachusetts hockey recruits, but they definitely finished strong as one future Minuteman won a major award these past couple weeks while another won a league championship.
I had previous passed along the news that Nic Renyard was nominated for CJHL Goaltender of the Year. Not only was Renyard named the Goaltender of the Year for all of the various Junior A leagues in all of Canada he ended up being named the RBC CJHL Player of the Year. The release celebrating his selection as the top Junior A player in all of Canada follows his windy, challenging road through juniors and eventually to the NCAA scholarship he desired. Previous winners of the RBC CJHL POTW? Guys like Mike Comrie, Kyle Turris, Dany Heatley, and Paul Kariya (he had a pretty good Hockey East career).
Posted by rocks22 on May 19, 2015
The USHL, the premier junior hockey league in the United States, held its draft the last two days and a few future Minutemen were selected. Yesterday was the Phase I draft for just 1999 birth years. Brian Scoville, due at UMass in 2018, was taken in the 7th Round (105th overall) by the Sioux Falls Stampede. In today’s Phase II draft for all draft eligible age groups a couple recruits were picked early by the Omaha Lancers. First was Nick Jenny (2017) was taken in the 1st round (11th overall) and then the Lancers took Jake Massie (2016) in the 2nd round (27th overall). Later in the draft Justin Dixson (2017) was taken by the Tri-City Storm in the 8th round (129th overall).
Now onto the regular updates, with news about Austin Plevy, Nic Renyard, Ivan Chukarov, Justin Dixson, and John Leonard.
Posted by rocks22 on May 5, 2015
The Massachusetts hockey program got its fourth commitment in recent weeks on Monday when forward Justin Dixson committed to the Minutemen for the fall of 2017.
Posted by rocks22 on April 22, 2015
The Massachusetts hockey team held its banquet this past Saturday where sophomore forward Steven Iacobellis was named captain for the 2015-16 season. I can’t speak for his leadership in the locker room, but there’s no double he has been impactful when he’s been on the ice. This past season the team was undefeated in games where he scored a goal. He missed a couple games due to injury and I felt his absence as a playmaker was very noticeable. I personally named him as my Underrated Player of the Year and I think Iacobellis has made a good case for this selection in his two years in the maroon and white.
Posted by rocks22 on April 20, 2015
The Massachusetts hockey program got it’s second commitment in two days. Yesterday it was forward Ryan Badger. Today it was defenseman Carmine Buono. Buono, a 1997 birth year, played this past season for Powell River of the BCHL where he was teammates with fellow UMass recruit Kurt Keats. He and Keats also played together for Canada West in the Junior B Challenge this past winter.
Posted by rocks22 on April 14, 2015
The Massachusetts hockey program picked up a commitment today from 5’9”, 187 pound forward Ryan Badger. Over The Boards was the first to have the news:
Posted by rocks22 on April 13, 2015
On Thursday I was at the TD Garden with 18,000 other diehard college hockey fans from across the country to experience the wonderful event that is the Frozen Four. If you haven’t attended a Frozen Four before, I highly recommend it. As big as college hockey is in some of our lives it’s still has a relatively small hardcore following, so it’s a lot of fun to get all those fans together in one place at one time. It’s interesting to see all the different jerseys and traditions of programs you don’t typically interact with much.
Posted by rocks22 on April 11, 2015
Some UMass recruits are playing for a championship. Some are just starting their playoff run. And others are getting news on their potential pro career post-UMass. Let’s catch up on how the future Minutemen are doing.
Posted by rocks22 on April 8, 2015
It’s been a little while so time to see how the recruits who are still playing are doing. It’s very likely that we’ll see a few more recruits join this list in the coming months. The team is losing 5 forwards, 3 defensemen and a goalie to graduation or early departure but only have 3 forwards, 2 or 3 defensemen (depending on when McCarthy arrives), and a goaltender line up for next fall currently. So very likely that we could see a couple more forwards and maybe a defenseman added to next year’s incoming class.
Posted by rocks22 on April 2, 2015
“I am enthused to get back on campus after four years of being away from college hockey. Hockey East is arguably the best conference in the country. And that’s something that I want to help [with]. I want to help be the best hockey program we can be. And football. And basketball. And I think we can get there.”
Posted by rocks22 on March 24, 2015