The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs were able to qualify for the playoffs after a hard push at the end, thanks to players like defensive defenseman Tyler Lyewski.
The 2000-born native of Orlando, Fla., parlayed his efforts this year into an NCAA Division III future with Anna Maria College, of Paxton, Mass.
The AmCats just completed their second season of existence, and their better of the two at 12-8-5 overall.
“I really liked the small school environment Anna Maria offers me. Being out of classes for two years now, I feel as though it will be a much easier transition back into school,” said Lyewski, who had three assists in 36 NCDC games this season for the Monarchs. “Hockey-wise, I really enjoyed the environment that surrounds the team. [Anna Maria] has a great coaching staff that is there to help you not only be a better hockey player but to also enjoy doing it.”
Lyewski first talked with the Anna Maria staff in July of 2019, and renewed their contact over the winter.
“With the season getting back into swing [last fall], we kind of fell out of touch for a little,” added Lyewski. “We got back in touch in December and after that, we stayed in contact probably once a week just to see how things were going both personally and with the season.”
The season had its ups and downs, but the Monarchs did reach their goal of making the playoffs, which unfortunately had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Monarchs,” said Lyewski. “I had an absolute blast with the team. I thought we gelled really well as a group and it would have been exciting to see what we could have done in the playoffs.
“On a more personal note, I thought Coach [Ryan] Frew and Coach [Anthony] Dalessio helped me grow immensely as a player in a short amount of time,” he added. “With only being there for a year, I didn’t have much time to get into a groove, but the coaching staff helped and pushed me to get where I needed to be in order to benefit the team as well as my future.”
The USPHL congratulates Tyler Lyewski, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and Anna Maria College on his commitment.