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NCDC 2019-20 Team Preview: Islanders Hockey Club

By Joshua Boyd/USPHL.com, 09/05/19, 7:15PM EDT

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Islanders Hockey Club

2018-19: 27-18-4-1

Playoffs: Semifinals

 

Outlook: The Islanders Hockey Club will have a very different look here in 2019-20, returning just one player and overall fielding a young roster, one that is hungry for greater development and college placement opportunities. 

“The youth movement has begun at the Islanders Hockey Club,” said first-year head coach Tim Kyrkostas. “I love my team. We’re going young, and we’re going to have a ton of skill and speed.” 

Top returning veteran: The Islanders Hockey Club return just one player from its 2018-19 NCDC roster, but it’s a doozy - NCDC All-Star goalie Kalle Andersson returns between the pipes, seeking an NCAA Division 1 commitment early on. 

Top newcomers: All of the nearly two dozen new Islanders players could be mentioned here as potentially making a big impact in the eyes of college coaches. 

One player, Cy Leclerc (‘02), comes in with a University of New Hampshire commitment already in hand. Watch for big things from Dylan Wilde, another ‘02, as well as former Islanders Hockey Club Midget standouts Nick Niemo and Connor Gatto - two ‘01’s who scored more than a point per game with the 18U squad. 

Leadership-wise, Seth Stadheim (‘00) will be key, and former IHC player Zach Nelson will provide a veteran presence.