Rockets 16U forward Gleb Veremyev has committed to Penn State. The 6’3, 181-pound forward from Sayreville, New Jersey made his decision recently and told USPHL.com he’s thrilled to be joining what has become a top-notch Division 1 program.
“I love the coaching staff and the facilities,” Veremyev said. “It’s a great school and one of the tops in the country. They’re unbelievable every year and I feel like going there is best for my development.”
Veremyev, who was called up to 16U late last season, already has four goals and three assists in just seven games for the Rockets this season. Last season with the 15U team, he had 17 goals and 26 assists in 21 games and then a goal and an assist in three games with the 16U squad. Veremyev also tore it up with his high school team, Monroe Township (NJ), finishing with 31 goals and 38 assists.
Veremyev told USPHL.com he could not achieve such success and now this opportunity with the Nittany Lions without his parents and the Rockets program.
“Of course my parents and I gotta say thank you to Noel and the Rockets,” he said when asked what led to his chance to play for Penn State. “They have such a great program. It’s a pleasure coming to the rink every day and working with all my teammates. We have state of the art facilities and the Rockets have really helped. Also, all my other coaches I played for.”
Rockets head coach Noel Rubin had nothing but praise for the power forward who is a force every time he steps on the ice.
Gleb is a power forward w a long reach who is lethal in the offensive zone,” Rubin told USPHL.com. “His ability to protect the puck and take pucks to hard areas make him very difficult to defend. He creates offense off the rush w his length and ability to find space. I’m very excited for him and anxious to watch him lead my team into the second half of season. His ceiling and potential are unlimited when he fills out and puts on some more muscle to his frame he can be a dominant player at the next level.”
Veremyev said his goal all along has been and continues to be a dominant player that combines scoring and speed.
“I really want to dominate when I’m on the ice,” he said. “I want to always be a presence and I try to do that by being fast, playing physical, shooting as much as possible. I really wanted to work on that scoring touch. That means going to the net, shooting pucks every day. With the speed, I run and do sprints off the ice and work on my pace and stamina.”