Jared Thomas certainly liked his time in the United States Premier Hockey League, starting first at the 18U level and moving on to two seasons at the NCDC level.
Each and every one of those three seasons, he was productive, first for the CP Dynamo 18U squad not far from his South Glens Falls, N.Y., home, and then the last two years with the Boston Bandits. Now, he’s bringing his “A” game to SUNY-Geneseo, a school that has committed a good number of NCDC and USPHL Premier All-Stars this winter and early spring.
After scoring 83 points in 96 games with the Bandits, Thomas is not only their all-time leading scorer, but also ranks 10th in career points in the three-year history of the NCDC.
“Playing with the Bandits these last two years has been amazing,” said Thomas, who scored 49 points in 46 games this year, and representing the Bandits at the NCDC All-Star Game in January. “Both years, I had great coaches who always got the most out of us and helped put us in the position to be in front of schools.”
This year, Jim Gaudet took the helm of the Bandits and - in their final season, after their NCDC franchise was sold to the Philadelphia Hockey Club - the team went out with a bang. They made the playoffs, finishing seventh overall.
“Jared has been a key member of our team for the past two seasons. He is a very talented player as well as a good leader. As an alternate captain this season, he provided a good example for the younger players,” added Gaudet. “I believe his game will translate well to the college level and I am excited to watch him. I want to thank him for his hard work over the past couple seasons and wish him good luck at the next level.”
Thomas is excited to join a SUNY-Geneseo team that has also brought on the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs’ Trent DeNuccio and the Northern Cyclones’ Zach Rehbaum and Bryce DeFazio - each of whom have played in the NCDC All-Star Games of the last two years.
“[Geneseo] has very strong academics. Knowing that I will get a good degree while being able to play hockey is awesome,” added Thomas. “Their team has been successful at the Division III level for a while now, and they always have a great atmosphere at their games. Knowing I could have a chance at a national title is exciting.”
Illustrating the effectiveness of the USPHL Showcase Series for connecting players with colleges, Thomas said that he began to talk with the Geneseo staff right after the USPHL Winter Showcase in January.
“We would talk around once a week after that,” added Thomas.
The USPHL congratulates Jared Thomas, his family, the Boston Bandits and SUNY-Geneseo on his commitment.