Boston Junior Bandits NCDC goalie Connor McAnanama has committed to play his college hockey at UMass-Boston. The 21-year-old Agawam, Mass., native will start with the Beacons next fall. Reached by e-mail, McAnanama said he was intrigued by all UMass-Boston has to offer.
“I believe that UMass-Boston gives me the best opportunity to succeed as a student and as a hockey player,” McAnanama told USPHL.com.
The 6-foot-1-inch, 176-pound netminder has spent the last two seasons playing for the Junior Bandits after playing for the Springfield Pics 18U team during the 2017-18 season. He advanced up the USPHL ladder by joining the Bandits’ NCDC team for 2018-19, an All-Star season in which he played in 20 games with a 2.18 goals against average and a .935 save percentage.
McAnanama was 11-7-2-0-2 with a 3.47 GAA and a .901 save percentage this past season. He told USPHL.com that his time with the Bandits helped take his game to the next level and where it needed to be to get a chance to play college hockey.
“The Bandits gave me the opportunity to grow as a player and person, as well as experience the dedication that is involved in bringing my play to the college level,” McAnanama said.
Junior Bandits head coach Jim Gaudet couldn’t be more thrilled for McAnanama.
“It has been a pleasure to coach Connor the past two seasons and to watch him develop not only into a great goaltender, but also a great leader,” Gaudet told USPHL.com. “I want to congratulate him on his commitment and thank him for his hard work over the past two seasons. I am excited to watch him play at the next level.”
The USPHL congratulates Connor McAnanama, his family, the Boston Bandits and UMass-Boston on his commitment.