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Catching Up With The ’11 Recruits; Games Available On Cable

Now that we know who will be inbound to Amherst for the upcoming semester, let’s take a look at where the future recruits will be playing this coming season.

Goaltender Kevin Boyle is in British Columbia where training camp just opened up for the Westside Warriors of the BCHL.  The Warriors are coached by none other than Darren Yopyk who was a captain for Coach Cahoon at Princeton.  Yopyk then followed Cahoon to Amherst where he was a graduate assistant for the team and received a masters and PhD from UMass.  Before Westside he was an assistant coach to Mark Dennehy at Merrimack.  The BCHL will give Boyle a great chance to play with and against a much higher level of talent than the AtlJHL. 

I’m not exactly sure where Chris Del Mauro will be playing this upcoming season, but it doesn’t appear he’ll be returning to Lincoln of the USHL.  In fact this post from Lincoln Stars blog Black and Blue says he quit hockey and returned to New Jersey.  While stranger things have happened, I’d be a little surprised if he’s truly quit hockey.  More likely he decided that moving from New Jersey to the Midwest to play in the USHL wasn’t his thing.  Maybe he’ll return to his old team the Rockets next season or maybe try to catch on with the Hitmen of the EJHL.  I’ll pass along if I find out anymore information.

Last I heard Shane Walsh, who played with the South Shore Kings last year, was trying to decide between playing locally again or playing out west, either the USHL (Tri-City owns his rights) or even the BCHL.

John Parker appears to be on track to play for the Muskegon Lumberjacks in their inaugural season in the USHL.  Parker was selected in the expansion draft at the end of last season.

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Most all of this season’s home hockey games will be available on local Western Mass digital cable thanks to a partnership the school has signed with CBS 3.  The internet broadcasts will essentially be simulcast on CBS 3 Now, channel 293 on Comcast.  This is great and, while unlikely, I’d love to see this extended to the whole state.  But just remember, watching on TV is never the same as being there so make sure you get to the Mullins this season whenever possible.

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