FRASER, Mich. – The offseason means college commitments for the Metro Jets.
After forward Jhuwon Davis and defenseman Devlin Macaulay committed to NCAA Division III hockey for New England College in recent weeks, two more players have committed to play college hockey.
Jets defenseman Cory Schwartz will play for Oakland University and goaltender Anthony Carlier is set to join Rochester College.
Both were first-year players for the Jets during the 2018-19 season.
Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville to see both standouts moving up the hockey development ladder.
“Both Cory and ‘Carly’ were instrumental parts of our program and both benefited from buying in from the start,” said Quenneville. “It’s a sad day to see the last Schwartz brother don a Jets jersey, but Cory jumped into a young ‘D’ core this season and helped immediately. He has a simple skill set that brought consistency to his game and he played with an edge that kept teams honest. Carly is an athletic goalie and high-character player. He was a big reason for the early success on the ice for our guys and played hard right to the end.
“Both had several options and will be missed, but both came here to get an opportunity to play college hockey, and that’s what happened. Best of luck to them.”
Schwartz said he chose OU because the school has everything he was looking for in terms of academics and hockey.
“I decided on OU because of the location and their educational programs,” Schwartz said. “The ability to possibly play with my brothers has always been a dream of mine.”
This past season for the Jets, the 19-year-old Warren native posted nine goals and 19 points in 43 games.
“The Jets provided me a smooth transition in helping me pick a college I felt comfortable with as well as increasing my skill set for hockey.”
For Carlier, a Clinton Township native who turned 20 on March 13, getting the chance to play college hockey is a dream come true.
“I chose Rochester because I believe it will be a good opportunity for me athletically and academically,” Carlier said. “Academically, it will give me the tools needed for me to eventually get into medical school. The smaller campus fits me as a person, and it’s close to home. Athletically, I feel like it is a good choice because it is a place where I can jump in and make a contribution as a freshman. The coaching staff at RC made it feel like home and that’s exactly what I felt coming to the Jets, so I knew it was the perfect fit.”
During the 2018-19 season, Carlier went 10-9-0 with a 3.10 GAA, a .916 save percentage and three shutouts.
“The Jets played a major role in me getting this opportunity,” said Carlier. “Just by putting a Jets jersey on, it’s very easy to get looks because the Jets are a first-class organization. By playing there, it shows colleges you’re a committed player and are a team-first type of guy. Working with Randy (Wilson) has given me the tools needed to be a big part of my team’s success this season. Without him or any of the coaches, I would’ve never reached my full potential as a goaltender. It’s a great place to play.
“Between Randy, Q and (Jets associate head coach) Jamie Lovell, they are so committed to getting the best out of you. Jamie puts in countless hours with us in the gym to help us get stronger and prevent injuries, but it doesn’t stop there. From our great owner Pete (Cammick), to the coaches, to the support of my teammates, and even the guys like (equipment managers) Kenny (Sidun) and Paulie (Sheridan) and everyone involved with game-day operations, it makes it easy to be a hockey player and focus on being the best you can be.
“This organization is a huge part of where I am today, and I can’t thank them enough for the success I’ve had this year and even my future success. The Jets organization is a family and I was honored to be a part of it.”
Many more college commitments are expected for Jets players as the spring and summer months wear on.