Boston Bandits NCDC defenseman Connor Sullivan recently committed to Yale University and the 19-year-old Plymouth, Mass., native could not be more excited.
“I am very proud to have committed to Yale University because of how hard I worked not only on the ice throughout my time playing with the Bandits, but also how hard I worked in the classroom,” Sullivan told USPHL.com. “This has allowed me to have a once in a lifetime opportunity, and to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine.”
Sullivan has played five seasons with the Bandits, including stints in both the USPHL 18U and NCDC. The 5-foot-10-inch, 165-pound defenseman has six goals and 29 assists in 37 games for the Bandits NCDC team this season and expressed his gratitude for his experience in the Bandits organization.
“I owe much of this opportunity to the Bandits organization,” Sullivan said. “Their ownership gave me a place to play my whole hockey career, starting in Mites, which made it even more special that I was able to commit to a dream school of mine while still in the organization.”
As Sullivan pointed out, he was lucky to have a group of top notch coaches with the Bandits over the years.
“My Bandits team and coaches have helped in my development exponentially over the years, starting with my own father, as well as Rich Alger, Mark Jones, and Brian Pothier, who focused on skating and skill work as we were still young,” Sullivan said. “More recently, our NCDC coach Jim Gaudet has helped me take the next step with my confidence on the ice and utilizing all of my abilities.”
Sullivan credited those coaches and his teammates for giving him the confidence to advance his career to a commitment to Yale.
“I never felt unimportant as a part of a Bandits team, and those within the organization always did their best to give me as many opportunities as possible,” he said. “I wouldn't have wanted to play with any other teammates or for any other coaches than those I had with the Bandits along this journey.”