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.
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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
“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
The University of Massachusetts today named Ryan Bamford as Athletic Director, replacing John McCutcheon who left for UC-Santa Barbara last month. Bamford will be officially introduced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Bamford was most recently the Senior Associate AD at Georgia Tech where he oversaw football, basketball, and baseball as well as facilities and game operations.
Posted by rocks22 on March 23, 2015
UMass picked up a commitment, likely for fall of 2016, from defenseman Jake Massie. Massie played this past season for prep school Kimball Union Academy where he was coached by former Maine coach Tim Whitehead. Massie’s commitment comes on the heels of that of Brian Scoville, another strong prep defenseman who played for Cushing.
Posted by rocks22 on March 22, 2015
Brandon Montour made official what was first reported over the weekend that he indeed is going to forgo his final three years at UMass and sign with the Anaheim Ducks. I shared my thoughts on the subject on Saturday when his impending departure was first reported. While I wish UMass fans had gotten to see him in the maroon and white for longer than 21 games, I wish him well in his pro career.
Posted by rocks22 on March 16, 2015
Brandon Montour we hardly knew ye. Montour’s career with Massachusetts hockey has come to an end after just one semester as he will sign with the team that made him a second round draft pick, the Anaheim Ducks. He leaves after only 21 games with the Minutemen, but they were a productive 21. Montour had 3 goals and 17 assists in his time in college and his 20 points were 4th best among all freshmen defenseman nationally despite playing in significantly less games.
Posted by rocks22 on March 14, 2015
Fresh off his 18 goal season for the Minutemen RS sophomore forward Frank Vatrano signed a free agent contract with the Boston Bruins today, ending his career at UMass after one season (plus that one playoff game no one counts). This is obviously great news for Vatrano who was able to turn his stellar season into an opportunity to play professional hockey with the local team. The Bruins will gain a great skating forward with a quick, but powerful shot. To my knowledge Vatrano is the first Minuteman to sign a contract with the Bruins, though Marvin Degon and Tim Lovell played for the Providence Bruins previously and Dusty Demianiuk landed a spot at Bruins training camp after winning NESN’s “Be A Bruin” reality show.
Posted by rocks22 on March 12, 2015