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UMass Recruits Jake Massie and Ivan Chukarov Selected In 2015 NHL Draft

As expected the Massachusetts hockey program came out of this year’s draft with two of their incoming recruits picked up by NHL teams, though not necessarily the two expected when I wrote my preview earlier this week.  Defenseman Jake Massie was almost a lock to get drafted.  So it wasn’t a huge shock to see him picked by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 6th round, 156th overall.  It was a little surprising later on though when incoming freshman defenseman Ivan Chukarov was picked by the Buffalo Sabres to kick off the 7th round, 182nd overall, because he hadn’t been ranked by any of the scouting services.

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Recruit Update: Renyard Named RBC Player of the Year, Chukarov Crowned NAHL Champ

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).

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Recruit Update: Chukarov Named To All-NAHL Team

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.

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Recruit Update: California’s Dixson Commits To Minutemen

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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