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Longtime P.A.L. Jr. Islander Bernardo Preparing For Career At SUNY-Cortland

By Joshua Boyd/USPHL.com 06/10/2021, 12:00pm EDT

Six years, 205 USPHL games. Anthony Bernardo is among this league’s most dedicated players in history, playing multiple seasons at each of the USPHL 16U, 18U and NCDC levels going back to 2015. 

For the first time since a 13-game stint with Smithtown-Hauppauge High School in 2016-17, Bernardo will be pulling on a non-P.A.L. jersey when he joins the SUNY-Cortland Red Dragons - alongside longtime multi-level Isles teammate Dom Settimo. 

“I started talking to the coaching staff at Cortland in early December. Knowing the conference Cortland is in, and the facilities Cortland provides for their athletes is really special,” said Bernardo, born in 2000. “Cortland’s coaching staff really enjoyed how I’m a complete 200-foot player. They are really impressed with my playmaking abilities and second effort. I expect to be an immediate impactful incoming freshman.”

With his aspirations of becoming a teacher - either History or English - he was naturally drawn to Cortland, which enrolls more students in its Education major than any other department. 

“Cortland has been known to turn out many educators in New York. As I pursue a career in education, I plan to be one of them. Knowing Cortland has state of the art facilities, such as the rink and the student center, I’m sure I will enjoy my four years,” Bernardo added. 

Bernardo was a key part of the NCDC Jr. Islanders’ improvement the last two years under Head Coach Mike Marcou, the 2019-20 Co-Coach Of The Year. Both of the last two seasons, the Jr. Islanders have finished in the top four overall, after not finishing higher than ninth in either of the first two NCDC seasons. The positive vibe around Marcou and the team helped increase the chemistry for the group. 

“I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys my last two years of juniors,” said Bernardo, who totaled 39 points in 88 regular season games. He was a shining light for the team in this year’s playoffs, posting five points in the Jr. Islanders’ four games. They swept the first-year Philadelphia Hockey Club, but were in turn swept by the Dineen Cup runner-up Rockets Hockey Club. 

Additionally, he led P.A.L. with 54 hits on the season, so he immediately brings physicality to the Red Dragons. He plays a clean physical game, however, registering just 20 penalty minutes in 41 regular season games this past season. 

He cut his teeth with this mix of offense and physicality for six years with P.A.L., which included two years in each of the USPHL 16U and 18U Divisions with coaches Aleksey Nikiforov and Bob Thornton. 

“Playing U16 and U18 for the Jr. Islanders was a tremendous help for the junior and college level,” said Bernardo. “Aleksey Nikiforov and Bob Thornton were a huge help for my development over the years.”

NCAA hockey is of course next up for Bernardo, and even with all this hockey behind him, he knows he still has a ways to go before he can be the impactful freshman he expects himself to be.

“I’ll be training all summer long, working specifically on my strength and speed for the next level,” he added. 

The USPHL congratulates Anthony Bernardo, his family, the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders and SUNY-Cortland for his commitment. 

Mullets Defenseman Shykes Commits To NCAA Hockey Career At Finlandia University

By Jim Den Hollander/USPHL.com 06/10/2021, 11:00am EDT

The Minnesota Mullets might not have been in the original plans for Darren Shykes, a 20-year-old defenseman from Duluth, Minn., but it ended up being a wise choice.

Shykes played a big role anchoring the blue line on a team looking to stay near the top of the tough USPHL Premier Midwest West Division and it was clearly noticed as he turned that play into a commitment to attend Finlandia University in the Upper Peninsula this fall.

 

“My goal was always to play college hockey,” said Shykes. “I looked at several schools and Finlandia just felt right. They had my major [Criminal Justice], and the small school was appealing to me. After visiting the school and talking to Coach Burcar, I felt comfortable going there.

Like so many Minnesota-bred players, high school varsity held some amazing memories for Shykes.

“I came from Duluth-Denfield High School, which has a rich hockey tradition,” said Shykes in an email interview. “I played four seasons there. Our goal was always the state tournament. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it during my time there. 

“It was fun to play in Duluth in front of some large crowds, especially during local rivalry games.”

Shykes made the big jump from varsity to Tier 2 junior, first playing in a different league in Wisconsin prior to then making his biggest impact with the Mullets. 

“It took me a little while to adjust to a faster pace my first year at the junior level,” said Shykes. He hoped to return and continue his growth, but his plans were ruined, like those of so many others in 2020. Mullets’ Head Coach, Chris Walby, himself a former coach and owner in Shykes’ previous league became an obvious choice.

“With the Canadian border being closed due to COVID, I knew I was going to have to look for other options,” said Shykes. “My former assistant coach Garret Hendrickson contacted me about Coach Walby and the Mullets. With several of my former Lumberjack teammates already there and having clicked with Coach Walby, I knew it would be a good fit for me.”

Shykes was new to the Mullets, but with many age-outs the previous season, he was expected to be a leader on the team and Shykes was all for it.

“I think it is important for veteran guys to show the younger guys the ropes/culture necessary to play junior hockey.”

While playing with the Mullets, including several home games in Lake Delton and Prairie du Sac, Wisc., Shykes began working on the next chapter in his academic and hockey career.

When he signed on with the Carolina Junior Hurricanes USPHL Premier squad before the start of the 2019-20 regular season, Jakub Viedemann was already checking off one of his lifelong hockey goals.

“I always wanted to try to play hockey in North America and my dream came true when a scout for the Junior Hurricanes team reached out to me early in 2019,” said Viedemann, a 20-year-old defenseman and native of Litvinov, Czech Republic, in an e-mail interview.

“At the time, I was finishing my high school course work and had no plans at the time for what to do after I graduated. The Jr. Hurricanes gave me such an amazing opportunity to play in the U.S. and I took it and don't regret it! It has been a total dream come true.”

It worked out well for the Canes too, as Viedemann anchored the defense and became a solid offensive contributor as well, leading the 2020-21 Jr. Canes in scoring with 39 points in 39 regular season games, and five more points in six playoff games - including at the National Championship Tournament, where the Jr. Canes reached the Premier semifinals. 

He was rewarded recently for all these efforts when he committed to attend King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Despite the major differences in terms of language and size of ice-surface, Viedemann said he made a quick and easy transition when he came to Wake Forest and the chemistry was good.

“It took me some time to get used to smaller ice, but I think for my style of game it is better than European size rinks. At first playing on the smaller sheet of ice was very tough, everyone was suddenly so close to me and so fast, there wasn't much time to make the exact pass I wanted to. However, once you learn the game is closer and faster, you get used to it pretty quickly,” said Viedemann.

“My coaches and teammates really helped me get used to it in different ways. First, of all, I needed to feel comfortable in the locker room to perform well, which I did. We had such an amazing locker room, which helped with our chemistry on the ice.”

While the chemistry and transition worked out well, playing in the mighty Southeast Division is a struggle. A 24-17-2-1 record in 2020 was good enough only for fourth place in the five-team division and a quick playoff exit. This past season, however, the Canes charged back all the way to Nationals and the league’s final four.
“First season wasn't successful in my opinion,” said Viedemann. “[Our] key goal was to get to Nationals and win it,” said Viedemann.“The Southeast Division is strong every year, probably the strongest, but that is not an excuse. It is great to compete against good teams every week, but it is even better to beat them. Unfortunately, we didn't beat them in the most important weekend in the season and that was very disappointing for us. But at the end, I was proud of my teammates, because we worked hard, and we worked even harder the next year to make it to Nationals.”

Viedemann and the other returning Canes returned for the 2020-21 season with a clear mission.

“The second season was more successful from my point of view as well as the team's view. The team changed from my first season a lot. Not only the roster, but the entire organization. We moved from an older rink in Wake Forest to the new Wake Competition Center in Morrisville which was a huge step forward for the organization. We basically had everything that we needed there, and it was a big reason why we did well past season.”
Stability in the lineup from year to year was a big help as well. 
“A bunch of our teammates from my first year left the team to go to college, but many other guys came to try and win the title. I think our second season was more successful because we had every piece of what was needed to be successful. We had skilled guys, we had fast guys, we had tough guys, but we also had kids who could be all of that. Also, our goalies were a year older and worked hard with their goalie coach to improve.”
Viedemann jumped right out to the forefront of his team on both sides of the ice, starting with seven points in his first seven games - a pace he kept up from September through March.

“My numbers were higher, but I don't think I changed my game much. I obviously tried to help my teammates offensively as much as I could, but I also tried to stay responsible defensively. I think our Power Play unit was really strong and I was just lucky I could have been part of it.”

Despite a solid showing, there is only total satisfaction for one team each season, said Viedemann.

“‘Satisfying’ would be only winning the Championship for us. We were happy we made it to Nationals and advanced from the group stage to semifinals, but the loss to Eels was devastating for us, because we beat them both times before the season. We knew we are the only team who could beat the Rush, but unfortunately we didn't get the chance to do it.”
During the season, Viedemann began mapping out the next four years of his academic and hockey career as well.

“First contact with King's College was probably early this year. I had many phone calls with Coach [Tom] Seravalli,” said Viedemann, adding his list of choices was not long.

“To be honest, I didn't really have a list of schools where I wanted to go. Back home, the school system is different, and I just didn't [and still don't] know much about all schools. My goal entering the season was to play as good as I could and then go to college. I think both went well and I'm happy I can be part of King's College for next years.

“I have decided to major in International Business and Management,” he added. “I think it could bring me so many opportunities for what to do after college and it could prepare me for my future regardless of the direction I take after school.”

The USPHL congratulates Jakub Viedemann, his family, the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes and King’s College for his commitment. 

The Rockets Hockey Club’s Johnny Wescoe is a walking symbol of the effectiveness and success of the USPHL’s multi-tiered development model, starting at the USPHL 16U level, working up through 18U hockey and he will now be going into his second year in the National Collegiate Development Conference.

Next fall, he moves on to NCAA Division I hockey with Niagara University. Following the popular hashtag “#trusttheprocess” mentality, Wescoe has continued to improve at every level, culminating in winning the 2020-21 NCDC Rookie Of The Year Award. 

“I definitely have come a long way,” said Wescoe, who moves on to a second full NCDC season with the Rockets in 2021-22, his fifth USPHL campaign. “Every little piece of my game has gotten better since I started working with Jason [Kersner, former Skipjacks Hockey Club Head Coach and current Rockets NCDC Head Coach].” 

After the 2020-21 season ended, Wescoe began his conversations with Niagara University, who had seen him several times on HockeyTV. 

“They talked to me a lot and really seemed interested in me. We did a lot of phone calls and Zoom meetings,” said Wescoe. “They have a great coaching staff at Niagara, and they really take the time and effort to put a lot of work into their players and help them advance skill-wise and hockey career-wise.” 

Wescoe was unable to take a tour of Niagara, but did get an online tour that also helped to win him over. 

“The campus is beautiful. It’s a smaller school, but very nice, and educationally, their players seem to do very well when they are there,” added Wescoe, who said he’ll take the next year to explore and focus in on a potential major. 

Wescoe first came under the guidance of Jason Kersner in 2017-18, playing his first season for Jason and his brother Jared Kersner’s Skipjacks Hockey Club, starting at the 16U level. He tore through the 16U league, posting 30 points in 25 games, along with four points in a pair of playoff games. 

The next mountain to climb was the 18U level, where he remained for two seasons with the Skipjacks, eventually setting the record for most points in an 18U career for that organization, with 56 in 45 games, a mark that is also tied for 12th overall in USPHL 18U history. Additionally, he provided 13 points in nine playoff games, second all-time in the USPHL 18U Division. 

The Skipjacks 18U squad reached the 2019-20 final, falling to the Jersey Hitmen. When Kersner took the Rockets’ job in the 2020 off-season, there was no question Wescoe would be a big part of his plans - and no doubt in Wescoe’s mind where he would play. 

“It wasn’t really a hard decision. Jason is just an incredible coach, he knows his stuff, he’s very smart about the game. As I advanced in my career, he told me from Day 1 that I would be a Division I player, and it turned out I was,” said Wescoe, who posted 22 goals and 21 assists for 43 points in 44 regular season games. Four more assists in four playoff games followed.  

The Rockets players enjoy a great deal of autonomy to be themselves and be creative on the ice, which helped Wescoe to his impressive totals. 

“It’s the players’ team, that’s our motto. It’s our team, he always says, which is pretty cool,” added Wescoe. “‘Everyone is a leader’ is another motto. As long as you’re accountable for something, you’re a leader. It’s not typically one person who will stand up in the locker room if something needs to be said - everyone talks, everyone owns up together. That’s why our team was successful this past year.”

The Rockets launched from second-to-last in 2019-20 to second place in the 2020-21 NCDC, as well as a trip to the Dineen Cup final, where they fell to the Hitmen. 

Wescoe and the many other newcomers were a big part of the 2020-21 turnaround, but the Rockets didn’t leave behind veterans, either. 

“A couple kids on the team the year before said how different it was and how much more fun they were having,” said Wescoe. “We have a lot of guys coming back this year again, so we just have to play the best we can all the time.” 

The Rockets’ season - and that of the entire NCDC - was almost derailed in the fall of 2020 due to restrictions by nearly all of the states in which the NCDC operated, banning interstate travel. USPHL leadership, spearheaded by former Commissioner Richard Gallant, came up with Hub City Tampa, moving the entire NCDC (as well as a number of USPHL Premier and Elite teams facing the same issues) to Florida. There, players all lived and ate all their meals at Saddlebrook Golf and Tennis Resort in Wesley Chapel, Fla., and were restricted to traveling by bus only between rinks and the resort, which offered all manner of recreational opportunities during downtime.

“It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Seeing the NHL do the bubble [for their 2020 playoffs], then you do a bubble-like atmosphere, was amazing,” said Wescoe. “We were able to go and play 20 league games each when few other junior leagues were playing games at all.” 

With COVID-19 (slowly) fading as an everyday menace, the 2021-22 season promises to be much more normal, with all teams more than likely able to play their regular slate of home games with fans. Although his college commitment may be set for the year after, Wescoe is still going to charge into Year 2 of his NCDC career with the same determination to improve and be a top contributor as he did last year, and get even better in the process. 

“Definitely strength and size, I’ll have to work on that, and I would say also just little things,” he added. “Overall, being able to play my best every single shift, never taking a shift off.”

The USPHL congratulates Johnny Wescoe, his family, the Rockets Hockey Club and Niagara University for his commitment.  

Josh Kalinowski has been lucky to play on (technically) three different junior teams in two different junior leagues without having to leave his home state of New York. 

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Kalinowski, a 21-year-old defenseman made the jump from AA level hockey and varsity levels to a precursor of the Buffalo Jr. Stampede, which played the previous season (2017-18) in a different league.

After a first USPHL Premier season in Buffalo, with the former Thunder (now Stampede), Kalinowski made the move to the Utica Jr. Comets where he enjoyed a strong two seasons, finishing the first one at the USPHL National Championship tournament in Boston.

All of his experience and development translated into a commitment to attend and play hockey at Chatham University starting this fall in Pennsylvania. His solid defensive play helped generate collegiate interest.

“I made my first contact with Chatham two weeks after the season ended,” said Kalinowski. “My coach [now NCDC Head Coach Louis Educate] texted me saying ‘Chatham is going to reach out to you today.’ From then on, the Chatham coach called, and we talked. He told me about the school and what he wants to do for the future of the program and how he saw me fitting into what he wants to do there.

“I was looking to stay relatively close to Buffalo,” he added. “Chatham was a good fit in all categories: the major I was looking for (Education); they are a new program looking for an identity; and I will be able to help put the program on the hockey map. After that, I went on a visit to meet Coach [Michael] Gershon, a super down-to-earth guy. But I could tell, when it comes to hockey, he’s going to be that passionate coach.”

Down to earth and steady is also a way to defend Kalinowski’s approach to the game. It’s why Educate put Kalinowski out for a team-leading 23:42 per game. He also led his team in takeaways (297) and most breakouts (189). 

Like many, playing a faster game with bigger players took some getting used to out of Double-A hockey, but Kalinowski said he found his comfort zone quickly.

“Once you get practicing and playing with the players who are already at the level, it brings your game to that level as well,” he said. 

His first team in a different league joined the USPHL Premier in 2018-19 as the Niagara Falls Thunder. After 38 games there, Kalinowski moved to Utica to start the 2019-20 season and enjoyed his best offensive season – six goals and 30 points – on a team that won a packed Northeast Division and reached the National Championship tournament. 

“It was a good move for me to go to Utica for many reasons,” said the 5-foot-9-inch, 167-pound defender. “One being, I was growing up and wanted to take on living by myself outside of Buffalo. I needed a change and that was Utica for me. Also, I knew it would raise my game to a higher level and allow me to develop for the college level, which was my end goal.

“I’ve always wanted to play an offensive game as a defenseman. Utica just allowed me to do this. I give all the credit to my Coach Educate. He gave me the freedom to go out and play how I can play. He would constantly be on me about my strengths and to keep working on them. I can’t thank him enough for bringing my skill set to the next level.”

The 2019-20 campaign was a great season with a strange and somewhat difficult finish.

“Getting to Nationals with Utica was the highlight of my hockey career up to that point,” said Kalinowski, but like so many, the sudden end to the event due to COVID protocols was devastating. 

Just hours after the 2020 Nationals began, the NHL canceled its season and indefinitely postponed its playoffs; all of college hockey (and other NCAA sports) suddenly shut down; Major League Baseball indefinitely postponed its start to the 2020 season - all on that dark day of March 12. One night earlier, the NBA canceled the rest of its regular season and indefinitely postponed its playoffs. It was COVID-19 D-Day. And it was only the beginning of a complete change of life in the United States that hasn’t entirely abated. 

“When it ended abruptly, it was definitely shocking and a crazy time. I remember getting undressed after our first game. I walked out of the locker room to hear that [the tournament] was over. I saw a player from the Hampton Roads team that just beat us, crying on the ground in his full equipment. So, I went up and asked if he was an ‘age-out’. He responded with ‘Yeah.’ I dropped my bag and gave him a hug. Me, knowing how much the game means to me, I can only imagine a career ending in that way. After I got onto our bus, I saw our age-outs feeling the same way. It brought me to tears. It just shows you how much junior hockey brings 27 kids together into a little family.

“You always want one more bus ride – one more laugh.”

This past season was difficult for every USPHL team, and the Comets found themselves in a new tougher division on top of it as several Northeast Division teams merged into the Mid-Atlantic which suddenly became ultra-competitive. Utica struggled in Kalinowski’s second season, but while several other leagues postponed starts, Utica started on time and was able to complete a large portion of its season at Hub City Tampa. Kalinowski’s performance as noted above was strong as ever, and Chatham came calling to invite him to campus.

“The school was amazing and small, just what I need being out of school for three years now,” he added. “I am excited about the next four years and to become part of a new community.”

The USPHL congratulates Josh Kalinowski, his family, the Utica Jr. Comets and Chatham University for his commitment. 

It takes a lot for a guy like Adam McGill, so used to growing up in the warm climate of Santa Margarita, Calif., to make the decision to keep going back to New England for his favorite game in the world. 

However, the South Shore Kings over the last two years, and NCAA New England College for the next four, have offered everything he’s needed and wanted from a hockey program. 

“Since it was my last year being able to play junior hockey, I wanted to contact NEC as soon as I re-signed with the Kings,” said McGill, the Kings’ USPHL Premier Captain, in an e-mail interview. “When I began the search for schools with NCAA programs that had my major [Criminal Justice], NEC was the one who caught my attention. With the hockey program at NEC being very competitive and successful over the last couple of years, it really pushed me harder during the season to get an offer to attend the school.”

More than three years ago, McGill made his first departure from California, originally joining the Boston (now Bridgewater) Bandits and skating in a full USPHL Elite season. He kept his eyes on the prize and put his nose to the grindstone of the junior process - in most cases, it’s not overnight that you get a college offer. His dedication and energy led him to join the USPHL Premier’s Bandits the next year.

“Playing only three Premier games with the Bandits my first year, I decided to play in the Elite games rather than not playing at all. Going from youth hockey [with Orange County Hockey] to juniors was quite the jump for me, and it took me a while to adapt to the faster pace level,” said McGill. “Being on the bubble of making the lineup for the Premier games and getting lots of ice time and points in Elite not only helped me adapt, but also boosted my confidence.”

From there, he moved a few miles away to join the South Shore Kings and Head Coach David O’Donnell’s Premier team to continue his development. 

“The South Shore Kings have played a tremendous part in my development that gave me a chance to play college hockey at the NCAA level. Being able to have the option to skate an hour before and after to work on individual stuff was amazing,” said McGill. “We were also able to skate with the 18U team and occasionally maybe given the option to skate with the NCDC team.

“Playing there for two years, Head Coach Dave O'Donnell and I grew a great friendship on and off the ice. I really respected him because he would always say if you work hard, have a good mindset, and do well in practice or games you will be rewarded,” he said. “The Kings helped me grow not just on the ice but also in fitness and taking care of my body. Our off-ice training was at Edge Performance Systems (EPS) and it was amazing. Being surrounded by trainers that train NHL and NFL athletes every single day is something special and shows that they know what they are doing.” 

The performances in practices - including before and after the set time - plus his off-ice work paid off in games. He saw his offensive output rise from 12 points in 40 games during the 2019-20 season to 21 points in 34 contests during the 2020-21 season. McGill’s game was about a lot more than stats, as he said he learned a lot from NEC coaches and other college coaches about what would be expected at the NCAA level. 

“As a player that did not know much about what college coaches will be looking for when doing their recruiting process, the first thing I did was ask the coaches from each school I was interested in about what they look for in the players while scouting. NEC mentioned that playmaking abilities, skating, and being competitive were the three things they look for in all players,” said McGill. “This season, I focused on incorporating all three into my game with the ability to score when given the opportunity. Eventually I [would]l love to be an impact player that the coaching staff can rely on when it is a close battle.”

McGill was able to pay a visit to NEC from the home of his billets, getting to see the hockey facilities, the classrooms, dining halls and dorms. 

“The arena being on campus is really nice as it sits in between the classrooms and dorms. Everything in the arena was nice from the locker room, to the ice, and even the stands for fans once they are allowed to attend again,” McGill said. “The classrooms and dining halls looked almost as if they were brand new. The location of it is really beautiful with lots of hiking trails, rivers, and golf courses.”

McGill is looking forward to studying Criminal Justice, as his lifelong goal has been to join a federal agency such as the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Before that, however, there is a lot of work planned to be ready for NCAA hockey. 

“This summer I will be focusing on a little bit of everything in my game but as well as fitness. In order to be strong on the puck against bigger athletes, I have to focus on developing my strength,” he said. “On ice, I plan to sharpen up my edge work and shooting abilities.”

McGill is just extremely grateful to all those who have helped get him to this point in his career. 

“I would like to thank the South Shore Kings for allowing me to represent the program the last two years, be the Captain of the team, and helping me move on to the next level. I would love to thank my family, especially my parents for sacrificing a lot for me to accomplish my dream of playing college hockey and as well as supporting me throughout this hockey journey. Lastly, thank you to the USPHL for providing a great league with great competition and building a foundation to help hockey players get a chance to play NCAA hockey.”

The USPHL congratulates Adam McGill, his family, the South Shore Kings and New England College for his commitment. 

CHESAPEAKE, VA. —  The Hampton Roads Whalers announced that 2000 goaltender Dominic Rodrigue has committed to play NCAA college hockey at Castleton State University.

Rodrigue, 20, recently completed his second season in Hampton Roads with the Premier team. The Québec native began his USPHL career in 2017-18 with the Charlotte Rush, where he played in 10 games and has a goals-against average (GAA) of 1.95.

In 2018-19, Rodrigue made his way to Carolina, where he went 8-6-1 and a 2.58 GAA with the Eagles. 2019-20 marked his first season with the Whalers and he blossomed into one of the top goaltenders in the league. He finished with a 20-6 record in the regular season along with a 2.12 GAA in 29 games played. His 20 wins ranked third in the entire USPHL Premier division. Rodrigue went 3-0 to start the playoffs but the rest of the season was brought to halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After starting the 2020-21 season playing tier 2 in the MJHL in Canada with the Yarmouth Mariners, Rodrigue made his way back to Hampton Roads for the remainder of the season. He would receive the bulk of the starts for the Whalers, going 7-4 with a GAA of 2.89 and a .913 save%.

"Frenchie has been one of the top goaltenders in the USPHL for 3 years", stated GM Brad Jones.  "Dom wants the net, he wants the big moment, he is a competitor, he is the first on the ice every morning at practice working on his craft, always trying to get better.  Castleton State got better today, I am excited to watch Dom continue to grow and develop over the next 4 years".

Rodrigue is the 15th Whaler to solidify his plans for the 2021-22 season, joining Mason Piercy (Rivier), Francis Young-Menard (Rivier), Kyle Watson (Trine), Nolan Cavanagh (Lebanon Valley College), Chris Mingus (Lebanon Valley College), Rowan Barnes (MSOE), Jack Schwartz (SUNY Geneseo), Chris Duclair (Odessa- NAHL Tender), Shane Ziegler (Lindenwood University), Nikita Eruslanov (McKendree), Hunter Sine (Concordia-Wisconsin), Colton Bruce (University of Northern Colorado), DJ Randle (FAU), and EJ Ferris (Duquesne).