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    Springfield Pics’ 16U All-Star Hadusovsky Commits to American International College

    By Eric Richardson / Springfield Pics Staff 08/01/2020, 11:00pm EDT

    The Springfield Pics are proud to announcement the NCAA commitment of 16U forward Matus Hadusovsky to the American International College Yellow Jackets. Hadusovsky will play next year in the NCDC with the affiliate of the Springfield Pics, the Twin City Thunder of the Lewiston/Auburn region of Maine. 

    Hadusovsky, a native of Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, played one season with the Pics, notching an astonishing 41 goals and 26 assists in 27 games. He also played two games on the Elite level, scoring in his first game on the Elite level. 

    He was named to the 16U All-Star game, being named the Dan K Show Co-Star Of The Game for his performance. He was also part of the American Conference championship team, as well as capturing the league goal title.

    “Matus had various offers from other Division I schools, but he felt American International College was the perfect fit due to their small class sizes,” said Head Coach John Sarno. “Additionally, he enjoyed the fact that there were other players from Europe. He also enjoyed the excellent coaching staff the Yellow Jackets had to offer.”

    “Each week, my brother [Anthony Sarno, co-coach of the 16U squad] and I watched him get better, improving his release time and growing his hockey IQ. We wish him the best of luck at AIC, and look forward to seeing him on the ice,” John added. 

    “Matus had a great season for the 16U squad, and he was rewarded with his commitment to AIC,” added General Manager Rob Bonneau. “It was enjoyable and impressive to watch his growth throughout the season. We wish Matus the best of luck next season with Twin City and with AIC in the future.” 

    Hadusovsky was asked about his experience with the Pics

    “My time with the Pics organization was amazing. They have a great background, great hockey, and great people who you can talk about all your issues all the time. This was my first year in America, and it was excellent. The coaching team was excellent, and I have never had a better coach in my life.

    “They have excellent conditions for hockey, and I was completely satisfied with the Pics,” he added. “The most important thing was that John and Anthony Sarno helped me, which led me to getting the offer for an NCAA DI school, which is a dream come true. I would like to give a huge thank you to the entire Pics organization, especially the Sarno brothers. This has been the best season I have ever had.”

    The Springfield Pics organization would like to congratulate Matus again, and wish him the best of luck in his hockey career.

    From New York City to Michigan, from Long Island to the educationally hallowed ground of Amherst, Mass. - Henry Graham’s hockey path has taken many directions. 

    However, all the forks and turns pointed one way - to the NCAA Division 1 college world, as the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders’ NCDC goalie recently committed to the University of Massachusetts, members of the Hockey East Association. 

    “It’s amazing. It’s a long time and a lot of hard work paying off, but it’s really fantastic,” said Graham, a native of Manhattan in New York City. “I found out they lost a goalie a week and a half ago. Coach Marcou [Mike Marcou, of the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders] had played at UMass, so he had a good relationship with the coaching staff there. It all happened in a week or so. I feel super fortunate.” 

    The UMass Minutemen have become a regular contender not only for Hockey East league honors, but even National contenders. They made the 2019 Frozen Four Final, losing their only national tournament game to eventual champions and repeat winners Minnesota-Duluth. 

    “Program-wise, UMass is a top program in the country. I’ve only heard good things about playing there, and how you are treated as a player,” said Graham. “Academically, they have the No. 2 public business school in the Northeast, which I hope to go into.” 

    Business was very good for the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders in the 2019-20 season of the NCDC, who put together a 29-point improvement on their 2018-19 season. Graham was a regular man in the net for the Jr. Islanders, putting up a .924 save percentage and earning himself an All-Star Game spot. 

    “It was amazing being able to play with all the best players in the league, to be able to pick everyone’s brain, talking to the other goalies, and the level of competition,” Graham said.  

    Although he was a big player in helping the Jr. Islanders to their best season yet in the NCDC, Graham also felt he could have been better this year. 

    “With P.A.L., I learned that in order to be an elite goalie, you have to be ‘on’ every single night. I had a few tough nights and in the end, we just missed out on earning home ice in the playoffs,” said Graham, whose team was ultimately unable to compete in the virus-canceled NCDC playoffs. “Technically, I worked a lot on just battling, working hard every day, and I feel like my game is at the NCAA level. I was reading plays better, and stickhandling the puck better.”

    He will continue to tune up his game ahead of his planned arrival in August in Amherst. Until then, he’s working in Michigan with his goalie coaches, including former NHL goalie Manny Legace and A.J. Walczak. He’s been working with Manny for five years, as he also played two years of AAA hockey with Honeybaked in Michigan. 

    “My coach at Honeybaked had a great relationship with coaches in the USPHL. Living on Long Island, I always knew about the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders,” said Graham. “Talking with Coach Marcou and with what the program looked like - and the fact it was 1 hour from my house - it was perfect.” 

    The perfect situation became even moreso here in late July, when his single year in the National Collegiate Development Conference has resulted in an NCAA Division I hockey commitment.

    “I want to thank the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders and especially Coach Marcou for a great year,” said Graham.  

    The USPHL congratulates Henry Graham, his family, the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders and the University of Massachusetts for his commitment. 

    FRASER, Mich. – It’s been said for many years that defense wins hockey games.

    The Metro Jets won 75 of 88 regular-season games the past two seasons and made it to the USPHL National Tournament both years.

    On the blue line, stalwart Brady Hanson emerged as a leader and reliable defenseman for the Jets, contributing to many of those victories.

    It’s that skill and character that will see the 1999 birth year from Northville, Mich., play college hockey next season for Indiana Tech University.

    “Coach (Frank) DiCristofaro watched me play at the USPHL Chicago Showcase last fall and he talked to me about Indiana Tech after one of the games,” Hanson said. “I went and visited the campus in early June and loved everything about the school and the hockey program.

    “I’m going to bring a hard work ethic, on and off the ice. That will hopefully translate to making me and my teammates better.”

    Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville said whenever Hanson is on the ice, he knows the defensive end of the rink is taken care of.

    “We are excited for ‘Hanny’ and his decision to attend ITU,” Quenneville said. “They have a great coaching staff and very strong program every year on the ice. Hanny had several NCAA options and in the end, saw this opportunity as the best fit academically and on the ice. He is a competitive player and has done really well here the past two seasons. Notably on the other side of the puck is where we noticed the most improvement in his game.

    “He did a great job being a hard player to play against every night and became reliable in many PK situations. He also possesses one of the hardest releases from the point which they will love there. We are happy for Brady and we wish him the best of luck."

    In the classroom at Indiana Tech, located in Fort Wayne, Hanson is looking at majoring in Fitness and Recreation or Exercise Science.

    Last season with the Jets, Hanson notched seven goals and 19 points in 44 games before adding a goal and an assist in three playoff games. In 2018-19, he collected six goals and 14 points in 41 games with a goal plus a helper in seven playoff games.

    “The coaches worked with me to help me make better decisions on the ice,” Hanson said. “The Jets were my favorite team I’ve ever played for. I had great teammates for those two years and the coaches were excellent. 

    “I would like to thank all of my coaches over the years that helped me to develop my game and I would also like to thank my parents for the sacrifices they made so that I can play hockey.”

    This summer, Hanson said he has been working out three times a week and skating 3-4 times a week to get ready for the grind of college hockey.

    “My family and I are planning to go up to Northern Michigan for a vacation prior to the start of the fall semester,” Hanson said. “Other than that, I’ll just continue to work out and skate to get ready.”

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    High-Scoring Mallards Forward Moyer Commits To Bethel University

    By Joshua Boyd/USPHL.com 07/24/2020, 1:00pm EDT

    Throughout August, Rum River Mallards Forward Scott Moyer will keep his skates sharpened, his blood flowing and his mind squarely focused on all he needs to do towards making the next chapter of his life a success. 

    On July 20, Moyer and the Mallards announced that he has committed to Bethel University. The Stillwater, Minn., native will have just a 25-minute drive from his home to Bethel’s campus in St. Paul, where he can’t wait to get started with the Royals. 

    “At the start of the year, I just reached out to a lot of MIAC schools and was down to Bethel and [one other]. I chose Bethel because I like the campus, and the coach Chris McKelvie is a super great guy and I thought we connected really well,” added Moyer. “I went on a campus visit just about a week before the COVID closings began, so I was lucky.” 

    Bethel enjoyed its best season in eight years this past season, McKelvie’s second at the helm. Along with the acumen of its head coach, Moyer likes all of the amenities Bethel provides for a school of just over 5,000 total students.

    “They have awesome facilities, a pretty new weight room. I’ve played at their rink before, just being a Minnesota guy. I felt like it was a good fit for me, and they were looking for more forwards,” Moyer said. 

    If the Royals need offense, they’ve found the right guy. Moyer clicked at better than a point per game this year for an improving Mallards squad that completed just its second year. He scored 22 goals and 47 points in 43 games, most played for new head coach Triston Jensen.

    Moyer was also part of the Mallards’ first team in 2018-19 for the end of the season 

    “We had a great group of guys on that team, top-end guys who could be playing at higher levels,” he said. “This year, we had a lot of our guys coming back that no one thought would come back. We went through some rough patches, and we had a coaching change. For about a week, we were really running the team by ourselves. 

    “We started on a rough road when [Triston Jensen] came in, and lost a lot of games, but then we beat the Hudson Havoc, and that changed our attitude. We went on a roll after that. Triston was definitely the right guy to come in and change things around.” 

    Moyer’s 11 points in the last 11 games shows his dedication to pushing a team forward. That is the type of game-breaking style Moyer can bring to the Royals. 

    “I would like to think of myself as a speedy player. I try to beat people wide. I have good hands and I like to think of myself as a playmaker, but I can be a goal-scorer, too,” he added. “I can also take care of the D zone and get the puck out and help calm things down in the ‘D’ zone.” 

    The USPHL congratulates Scott Moyer, his family, the Rum River Mallards and Bethel University for his commitment. 

    RVA Generals Forward Matt Wood Commits to Utica College NCAA Division 3

    By Richmond Generals Staff 07/23/2020, 3:45pm EDT

       Richmond Generals Forward Matt Wood ( 5'10 175 Center Rs 00 ) commits to Utica College. The Pioneers play at the NCAA Division 3 level of play in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC). The Pioneers are a top NCAA Division 3 hockey program that is a possible contender for the NCAA Division 3 National Championship every year. 

     

       Matt played for the Richmond Generals Premier team this year in the USPHL SouthEast Division. Matt appeared in 44 regular season games scoring 35 goals and 31 assists for 66 points with 10 PIM. Matt also appeared in 2 playoff games adding 2 assists for 2 points in postseason play this year. Matt was selected to the USPHL SouthEast Allstar team and finished 18th overall in league scoring in the USPHL Premier this Season. In the Southeast Division Matt finished 3rd overall in points (66), 2nd in goals (35), 3rd in assists (31), and 3rd in PPG (7). Matt was selected as the USPHL Premier Forward of the Month as well as taking home numerous USPHL Southeast Division Forward of the Week awards throughout the season. Matt also won the Generals Team Award for "Offensive MVP" which was voted on by his Generals teammates at the end of the season. 

     

      Wood on playing for the Generals," I am extremely excited to commit to Utica College for the 2021-22 Season. I would like to thank my family, friends, and teammates for the endless support and encouragement. I have learned so much both on and off the ice that has truly helped my development as a person and a player in my time in Richmond this past season. Coach Lyke,Coach Hasenzahl, Coach Podgurski, and Coach Bussard really make you feel like you're part of a family and they are all committed to helping and wanting to see you succeed. Playing for the Richmond Generals was an unbelievable experience and I would not trade my time as part of the Generals Family for anything.#RollGens!! "

     

       Coach Heenan on Wood," We are excited to welcome Matt to Pioneer Nation. Matt is a fast,skilled forward who will fit nicely into our group. I have known R.C. for over 15 years now and he is very good at developing young players."

     

       Coach Lyke on Wood," I am extremely happy for Matt and excited for him to commit to Utica College. Matt is an extremely fast skilled forward who knows how to score and put up points. He is a great kid and person both on and off the ice and his relentless drive,work ethic, and compete level will always make him successful wherever he plays. Matt was one of the most sought after and recruited players this year both by Tier 2 Junior teams and NCAA Division 3 schools. I know Coach Heenan runs an excellent program at Utica and is always in the mix to have a chance every year to contend for the National Championship. I know Matt will be an impact player at Utica College and will be an excellent addition both on the ice and in the classroom as a student athlete for Coach Heenan. I am very proud of all the things Matt has accomplished in our program this year and wish him and the Pioneers much continued success in the future!"

     

       Wood becomes the 21st current or former Richmond Generals player overall to commit to a college hockey program this year. He joins current and former Generals Matt Dougherty (Stevenson University, NCAA Division III), Tristan Mock (Becker College, NCAA Division III), Peyton Tritz (Becker College, NCAA Division III), Max Bourque (Lebanon Valley College NCAA Division III), Luc Fox (Arcadia University NCAA Division III), Lucas Solanik (Montana State College ACHA Division II), Brennan Luckanish (Arcadia University NCAA Division III), Kevin Pietrucha (Purdue Northwest University ACHA Division I), Henri Pelletier (University of Maryland ACHA Division II), Brendan Meyer (Becker College NCAA Division III), Ryan Creenan (Morrisville State NCAA Division III), Tyler Roepke (Waldorf University ACHA Division I), Pat Pratapas (SUNY-Canton NCAA Division III), Thomas Lemire (St Olaf CollegeNCAA Division 3), Ian Hofmann (Becker College NCAA Division 3),Ignotas Ragas(Elmira College NCAA Division 3), Austin Mourar (Hobart College NCAA Division 3), Connor Close (St.Mary's College NCAA Division 3), Ethan Prout (Williams College NCAA Division 3), Dalton Silby ( Liberty University ACHA Division 1)

     

       Stay tuned as we have numerous Generals players who will be announcing their commitments to NCAA and ACHA colleges and next level Junior A programs in the coming weeks. #RollGens! 

    FRASER, Mich. – When Zach Rais joined the Metro Jets last season, he did so with previous USPHL junior hockey experience, playing the 2018-19 season for the Lansing Wolves.

    After compiling 10 goals and 25 points in 42 games this past season, the 1999 birth year from Livonia, Mich., will stay in Michigan for the foreseeable future with his recent commitment to play college hockey for Lawrence Tech University.

    “Lawrence Tech talked to me at a couple of showcases and games this year and talking with my parents, it’s a really good school for me to go to for hockey and the education,” Rais said. “The Jets really helped me find my game in front of and around the net and helped me with the defensive side of the puck. The coaches really helped turn me into a power forward.”

    “I hope to make an impact this year with LTU and help the team on the ice.”

    Academically, Rais is looking at majoring in Business Finance.

    Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville noted how Rais came to Fraser last season ready to put in the work to earn a college hockey opportunity and did precisely that.

    “Zach was a key player for us in many situations,” Quenneville said. “He was a valuable net-front presence and played a hard 200-foot game every night. His physicality was paramount for us at times and the guys loved how he played with a chip on his shoulder. He chipped in some big goals for us at times when games were tight. Zach had several school options for this upcoming fall, and we are happy he made the choice that was a best fit for him. We wish him the best of luck."

    While still staying active and gearing up for the jump to college hockey, Rais took time to reflect on those that helped him realize his hockey milestones.

    “I have to thank my mom my dad and my siblings for helping achieve my dreams,” said Rais. “All the early-morning practices and late nights driving to and from the rink, I have to thank them. From my hockey family, I have to thank my teammates, my old coaches, Q and (Jets associate head coach) Jamie Lovell and (Jets assistant coaches) Dan Pszenyczny and Randy Wilson and all my Jets teammates for the hard work they did to help me achieve my dreams this year.”

    Photo/Jilleen Hays

    For two very solid years, Sweden’s Kalle Andersson was the heart and soul of the Islanders Hockey Club defensive structure as its goalie. The ‘99-born goaltender appeared in 81 of a possible 100 regular season games. 

    He left the league with an incredibly impressive .914 NCDC career save percentage, not even counting the .929 he posted in four 2018-19 playoff games. The young man now takes this staying power and high performance level to the high country of New Hampshire, as he committed to Plymouth State University earlier this season. 

    “What I enjoyed about Plymouth State was that it only took me one game to see and feel the atmosphere in the Hanaway Rink. As for the program, I've heard that Craig Russell is a great coach and does a great job with each player,” said Andersson in an e-mail from his native city of Stockholm. “Their facilities are very good and the players are treated very well.

    “Plymouth State offered the program I was looking for and the hockey team had a 3.64 GPA score, which means they are as committed to their studies as they are to hockey,” he added. “.What I liked about Plymouth State location was that it is surrounded by mountains and has a Swedish type of environment. Their campus is beautiful and they offer housing which I think is important.”

    Important is a word Andersson does not take lightly. After all, it is quickly applied to his position on ice, and Head Coach Tim Kyrkostas says he was equally as crucial to the team chemistry these last two years. 

    “Kalle is a great person as he's always smiling and upbeat! Solid energy [in] him!” Kyrkostas said. “He's also an  outstanding goalie - when he's locked in, he's one of the best that I have seen. I expect him to go on and have a great college career at Plymouth State and possibly beyond.”

    Andersson was an unknown for North American hockey prior to 2018, coming in from the Sollentuna U20 program in his native land. His solid stats with their junior program (.923 combined save percentage between regular season and playoffs) earned him a call-up to serve as backup for Sollentuna’s Division I pro team, though he did not get a chance to play a game. The Islanders brought him over and Andersson was extremely impressed with the infrastructure of a program that had won the first NCDC championship in the spring of 2018.  

    “What I liked the most with my two years at the Islanders is that I was able to play for two different amazing head coaches, Sean Tremblay and Tim Kyrkostas. The Islanders Hockey Club is a great organization led by Richard Gallant. They offer everything from great ice time to an amazing off-ice workout with Athletic Evolution,” he added. “The Islanders also do a great job with billeting, which is led by the billet coordinator Emily Smith. Both my years, we had two fantastic groups of players and I am very thankful for getting to know each player.”

    The Islanders sharpened Andersson’s mental approach to the game, thanks in large part to goalie coach Rob Day. 

    “The biggest development of my game under these two years was in my mental game, which I worked on a lot with our goalie coach. I want to give a big thanks to Rob Day - he helped me convert from a Swedish blocking style of play to a much more playing type of goalie,” added Andersson. “I developed my puck-handling skills which is a much bigger part of the game compared to European hockey. I am very happy about my development these two years and I could not have done it without the coaches I had and the organisation as a whole.”

    Andersson feels it was an invaluable experience to join the Islanders and get a look at a whole new world, which of course helped open the door to an NCAA career. 

    “The American junior game is very different from European junior hockey. It has faster pace and the games are played with different tactics than European,” said Andersson. “An American junior hockey game has everything - speed, skill, hitting and scoring, compared to European, which contains a lot more puck possession and planned out plays. Personally for me, [who has] played both American and European juniors, I would prefer American juniors because of its intensity. The adjustments I'm expecting for college hockey are more speed, skill and less mistakes which comes with the more experienced players.”

    The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the NCDC playoffs, a tough pill to swallow for Andersson and an Islanders team that had secured home ice advantage for the first round after originally being out of the playoff picture last fall. The rise of both goalie and team helped Andersson catch the attention of several area colleges, and Plymouth State certainly struck the right chord. 

    “I started talking to [Panthers Coach] Craig Russell about my future after our season was cut short due to Covid-19,” Andersson said. “I had also been in contact with my roommate Marcus Seidl [a Plymouth State freshman left wing this past season], who played with me my first year with the Islanders.”

    The two Swedes will be reunited in the foothills of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, ready to pursue some new peaks of their own on the ice. 

    The USPHL congratulates Kalle Andersson, his family, the Islanders Hockey Club and Plymouth State University for his commitment.