Ben Borreson, 21, from Tomah, WI and a four-year veteran with the Minnesota Mullets recently announced his intention to take the next step in both his education and hockey career at Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI.
Borreson said in an email interview landing in the Twin Cities with the Mullets four years ago was a bit of a last chance effort, but it turned out to be an amazing fit for both the player and team.
“Going into my senior year of high school, I knew I wanted to play juniors,” said Borreson. “I tried out for some other teams, but the opportunities weren’t there for me. Late summer, I got an email about the Mullet’s camp from Mike Frank.”
Frank was the father of Sebastian Frank, a player Borreson had as a teammate on the Blue Devils AAA summer hockey squad.
“I went to the camp and Walbs (Mullets Head Coach Chris Walby) was willing to take me on as a project as something to develop over the years. I’m very grateful he gave me an opportunity and I repaid him by becoming the best player I could for him.”
Coach Walby is thankful for the chance meeting that turned into four seasons of mutual respect and admiration.
“It has been an incredible run for Ben and I over the past four years,” said the coach. “Marian University is getting a great player and an even better person. I’m forever appreciative of his contributions on the ice and the work he’s put into building this organization into something we can all be proud of. I’m incredibly grateful for our time together, the relationship we’ve built and the memories we’ve created.
“For a coach, it’s a special thing to be able to watch a young player and person develop and mature over the course of four years. Ben comes from an amazing family. His parent’s and I couldn’t be prouder of the player and young man he has turned into. It’s already strange for me not to have him here in camp, but I look forward to watching him continue at Marian University and I know I’ll see him at a few Mullie games this season.”
For a player from small town Wisconsin, the move to a higher level of hockey playing in the heart of the Twin Cities was certainly a culture shock.
“The difference from small town Tomah to living in Minneapolis was enough to make my head spin,” recalled Borreson. “I love the way Minnesota embraces hockey like it’s a religion and it fueled my passion even more. It’s two very separate worlds and it has been amazing to be part of both.”
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The United States Premier Hockey League (“USPHL”) and the Eastern Hockey Federation (“EHF”) have agreed to merge operations (the “Merger”) into the USPHL to form the nation’s largest amateur hockey league. The EHF will maintain its name and current 11 team Elite structure along with its multi-level, multi member Tier 1 divisions under the USPHL umbrella. The new combination will also allow the EHF Selects Midget Division to create a one of a kind competitive schedule with the USPHL’s most competitive full season Midget teams to provide unmatched exposure to NCAA hockey programs for young aspiring hockey players.
The USPHL and EHF organizations have each developed a complete player development model where, for the 2018/2019 season, boys will train, compete and enjoy the sport of ice hockey within their respective age group at the right competitive level. These programs go beyond the on-ice experience to include education, leadership and community service components to help foster a complete student-athlete. Upon completion of this process, the USPHL membership will consist of over 100-member organizations with 11,000 players spanning the ages of 6 through 20 and having a geographic reach that spans the complete Eastern Seaboard and expands west as far as Wisconsin.
The Merger of the EHF into the USPHL will be completed over the summer and will commence competition in September of 2018. Please visit the USPHL website at www.usphl.com or the EHF website at www.fedhockey.com for more information regarding member teams and further announcements.
Boston, MA - The United States Premier Hockey League is proud to announce the 2018-19 National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) Entry Draft to be held on Wednesday, May 16; three days after the conclusion of the USPHL Spring Showcase in Marlborough. The NCDC Entry Draft will be a twelve-round draft which will allow NCDC organizations an equal opportunity to build their teams with star players competing in North America and Europe.
Congratulations to NCDC 2000-born Defenseman, Artyom Borshyov on committing to Division 1 Quinnipiac University!
The Northern Cyclones NCDC team is proud to announce their 4th Division 1 commitment of the 2017-2018 season. 2000-born defenseman, Artyom Borshyov has committed to Quinnipiac University. Borshyov came to Hudson, NH this past season after playing one year for the Springfield Pics U16 team, where he had a stat line of 4-21-25 in 28 USPHL games. The Vitebsk, Belarus native also participated in the U18 World Championships last year where he played in 7 games and had two points.
During his first season with the Cyclones, Borshyov played in all 53 games this season for the NCDC team and had a stat line of 6-24-30. Arty finished third on the team in points and second in assists. He also finished fourth in the NCDC among defenseman in points and third in assists. Arty just finished playing for the 2018 Belarus National team at the U18 World Championships in Russia, last month. He also served at team Captain for Belarus and finished with one goal is five games.
The 6-foot 3 inch and 190-pound defenseman had an impact on Coach Flanagan’s blue-line from day one. Arty is a player who can make a difference offensively and defensively every time he is on the ice and he showed that every in game this past season. Borshyov is considered a two-way defenseman who skates very well for his size and his compete level is sky high. Quinnipiac will be looking for Arty to bring his maturity, complete level, and hockey ability to a strong Bobcats line up.
“This commitment is truly about work hard, believe and dreams come true! Arty came to us as an unknown, became one of our top D. He cared every day about the team and his teammates and he was rewarded. Quinnipiac is one of the top hockey and academic schools in the nation! This is a tremendous win for everyone!”- NCDC Head Coach / Owner Bill Flanagan.
Quinnipiac University is a private university located in Hamden, CT. Their hockey team competes in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), which is Division 1. This past season the Bobcats went 9-11-2 in conference and 16-18-4 overall. The Bobcats are usually contending for a national tournament bid on a yearly basis.
Congratulations to Arty and his family on this great accomplishment!
Congratulations to NCDC Forward, Aaron Aragon on his recent commitment to University of New England for the Fall of 2018!
The Northern Cyclones NCDC team is proud to announce their 8th college commitment of the 2017-2018 season. Aaron Aragon has committed to the University of New England in Portland, NE. The 1997-born forward came to the Cyclones in this season after playing last year in the SJHL with the Melville Millionaires. Before last year he played between the BCHL and KIJHL. Last year his stat line was 10-12-22 in 53 SJHL games. Aaron came to the Cyclones looking for more of an opportunity and a chance to be seen by more scouts than the last two years.
The Whittier, CA native contributed for the Cyclones in many ways this past season. He was a player who could put up points consistenly, but at the same time get under the opponents skin. This past season Aaron had a stat line of 16-21-137 in 49 games. He finished second on the team in goals, third in assists, and third in points.
Aaron is considered a two-way forward who competes on every shift and has the ability to make plays consistently. He is player who could put up points consistently, but at the same time get under the opponents skin.
University of New England is a private university in Partland, ME and they compete in one of the toughest Division 3 conferences in the nation, the Commonwealth Coast Conference. UNE went 15-5-3 in conference and 20-6-3 overall this past season. The team won the CCC and advanced to the NCAA Division 3 National tournament, where they lost to Colby College. UNE will be expecting Aaron to have an impact right away, like he did for the Cyclones.
The Northern Cyclones would like to congratulate Aaron and his family on this great accomplishment and wish them the best of luck in the future
Congratulations to 1997-born goalie Drennen Atherton on his recent commitment to Sacred Heart University for the fall of 2018!
The Northern Cyclones NCDC team is proud to announce their 3rd Division 1 commitment of the 2017-2018 season. Long-time goaltender, Drennen Atherton has committed to Sacred Heart University for the fall of 2018. Atherton came to Hudson, NH four years ago from Florida to play for the Cyclones U16 team. Drennen was part of the organizations first ever U16 Full-Season team, where he help lead the Cyclones to 30+ wins that year. During his first season with the organization, he was even called up to dress in a EHL Premier game. He entered the game in the third period with the Cyclones down 4-1 against the Boston Jr. Rangers. Atherton would stop 11 of the 12 shots he faced and help the Cyclones beat the Rangers 6-5 in overtime.
The next year, Atherton moved up to the Cyclones U18 Full-Season team and again would find himself on the organization's Junior A (EHL Premier) team where he went 6-3-1 witih a 1.87 GAA and .939%. In Atherton's third year with the Cyclones, he was a full member of the EHL Premier team where he lead the team to the league Semi-Finals and finished the regular season with a stat line of 16-10-0 record, 2.58 GAA and a .919%.
This past season the Winter Haven, FL native earned a spot on the Cyclones NCDC team. From his first start of the season, Atherton performed like one of the top goaltenders in the league. Drennen got his first start on October 1st where he stopped 30 of 31 shots and beat the defeding champions, Islanders Hockey Club in their own building. Atherton finished the season with a 18-11-2 record with a 2.61 GAA and .923%. His save percentage would be good for second in the league.
Drennen is very technical goaltender with great athleticism. When he is locked, there are very few players who can beat him. Sacred Heart will be looking for him to be locked in every time he steps on the ice, so he can contribute from day one. Atherton is the perfect example of how the Cyclones develop their players and advance them through their system. With Drennen starting on the U16 Full-Season team, he is the first player to start his Cyclones career on a Full-Season Midget team and end his junior career with a Division 1 commitment on the Cyclones NCDC team.
"We are very proud of what Drennen has accomplished with us the last four years. We have seen him improve, grow, develop every day he was with our organization. He is one of the best goalies to ever come through our organization and we are excited to see what he can do at Sacred Heart the next four years."- NCDC Head Coach / Owner Bill Flanagan.
Sacred Heart University is a private Roman Catholic University located in Fairfield, CT. Their hockey team competes in the Atlantic Hockey Conference, which is Division 1. This past season the Pioneers went 9-15-4 in conference and 13-22-4 overall.
The Northern Cyclones would like to congratulate Drennen and his family on this great accomplishment and wish them the best of luck in the future