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 18u Hitmen beat Team Virtua at home mid-week, 3-2 off of two 3rd period Brett Schnieder goals and a 24 save performance by John Werber. The week continued traveling up to Marlbough MA for the Boston Jr. Bruins Showcase. The 18u team opened the weekend up against the 2018 National Championship Runner-up Cape Cod Whalers. I tight contest prevailed with a Nate Defares tally from Vlasic and McLinskey which proved to be the only goal in the game. John Werber was locked in making 49 saves in 1-0 shutout.
Saturday featured the Hitmen Playing a very deep Eastern Mass Senator team. Again Brett Schnieder found the back of the net followed by Will Frassetto burying his first two of the year and Everest Schnieder getting on the score sheet. John Werber made 34 saves in a game which ended in a 4-4 tie. Later that day the Hitmen dropped the puck again the South Florida Hockey Academy. Once again Brett Schnieder continued his hot play scoring two goals off of feeds from Tristian Frese, Oscar Worob and Rory Mauer. Connor Tartaglione found the back of the net to break a 2-2 tie late in the second period. Artem Kobylyansky made 24 saves in the 3-2 win.
18U Hitmen Split with the PAL Islanders
On Saturday the 18U Hitmen lost to the PAL Islanders by a score of 6-4 with a late surge of third period goals by Gordon, B. Schneider and Schweighardt. The late game momentum carried over to Sunday as the 18U’s had a bounce back 5-0 victory. Highlights included goals from Defares, Atkinson, B. Schneider and two by Grieco. Big hits from LaMacchia and excellent goaltending from Werber making 38 saves to preserve the shutout. Schweighardt, McLinskey and Frassetto each dished out two assists as well. The 18U Hitmen have three road games this weekend, Jersey Shore Whalers Friday and two in Northwood Saturday and Sunday.
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.