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Recruit Update ▲ Bear, Makar Win Brooks Team Awards

In my last recruit update I passed along the news that recruits Cale Makar and Matt Murray were named award winners for the AJHL.  Well recently the Brooks Bandits held an on-ice ceremony to announce their team awards and a couple of Minutebandits were winners.  Cale Makar was named co-Rookie of the Year while Shane Bear won Defenseman of the year.  You can view the ceremony here. 

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Recruit Update ▲ Makar, Murray Win AJHL Season Awards

The regular season is starting to wrap up for the UMass committed players just as it is for the college teams.  And with the final regular season games comes recognition.  A couple future Minutemen were honored by the AJHL this past week.  Brooks defenseman Cale Markar was named AJHL Rookie of the Year while UMass’ newest commitment, goalie Matt Murray, was named AJHL Top Goaltender.  Last season Nic Renyard won Top Goaltender as well as league MVP, beating out current teammate Austin Plevy who was the AJHL’s top scorer.  Shane Bear was a finalist for Defenseman of the Year but lost out to Brinson Pasichnuk, an Arizona State recruit.

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Recruit Update ▲ AJHL Goaltender Matt Murray Commits To UMass

Despite the obvious challenges surrounding the program right now coach John Micheletto has been able to continue to secure commitments from recruits to join the Massachusetts program.  And he continues to bring some pretty good talent to UMass.  Today’s commitment was from goaltender Matt Murray of the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL.  Murray would likely join the Minutemen for the 2017-18 season after Alex Wakaluk graduates.

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Recruit Update ▲ Hildenbrand Traded To Fargo

It’s been a busy time for UMass’ most recent commit.  Just a week after Niko Hildenbrand announced his intentions to play in Amherst he was traded from the Waterloo Blackhawks to the Fargo Force.  He was traded with a draft pick for North Dakota commit Zach Yon.

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Recruit Update ▲ Hildenbrand Commits To UMass

The Massachusetts hockey team picked up a commitment from forward Niko Hildenbrand.  The right shot, 1995 birth year plays forward for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL.  The Vacaville, CA native is 5’11” and weighs 194 lbs.

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Recruit Update ▲ Nachtigall Enjoying The New Year With 5 Goals Scored During 2016

Because of the weird schedule lately I haven’t had a chance to post a recruit update since 12/22.  At that time UMass recruits Shane Bear and Cale Makar had just won gold for Canada-West at the World Junior A Championships.  In the last few days the Brooks Bandits posted this really interesting video with Bear and Makar about their experience at the international competition.  Bear seems like a very mature and poised person from the interview.  It’s also interesting to hear him talk about what he learned from last year when he tried out but didn’t make the cut and how he learned from it.

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Recruit Update ▲ Bear, Makar Win Gold At World Junior A Challenge

Future Minutemen Shane Bear and Cale Makar, both currently playing together for the Brooks Bandits in the AJHL, won gold this past week representing the Canada-West team at the World Junior A Challenge.  Canada-West beat Russia 2-1 in the championship game. Makar had a goal in the tournament, and hit a post in the championship, while Bear did not register a point.  Makar was named to the tournament all-star team.

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Recruit Update ▲ Pelton-Byce Has His First Multi-Goal Game In USHL

High school and prep hockey is starting up in New England so that means recruits Brian Scoville and Colin Felix are in action with their teams soon after spending the fall playing short season juniors.

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Recruit Update ▲ Makar, Massie Join Dixson In Signing UMass NLIs

In last week’s post I reported that defenseman Justin Dixson signed his National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Massachusetts.  I’ve also learned that defensemen Jake Massie and Cale Makar signed their NLIs during the early signing period which ended last week.  The signings help assure that coach John Micheletto and his staff are set at the blueline for years to come.

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Recruit Update ▲ Dixson Signs His National Letter Of Intent

Time to see how the recruits are doing. Last Wednesday marked the beginning of the early signing period.  Justin Dixson is the only recruit who has been publicly reported as signing his NLI.  UMass typically doesn’t announce them as they get them, but will do so with a taped scouting report from coach John Micheletto in the future.  A reader was also kind enough to point out that Shane Bear had previously signed his NLI, so I’ve made that correction below.  Today is the last day of the early signing period.

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