Wesleyan University is not too far (just over 10 years) from its 200th birthday. It built itself quickly into a highly reputable institution with alumni ranging from 16 Presidential Cabinet members to the New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick and Hamilton’sLin-Manuel Miranda.
So, there is no surprise that South Shore Kings goaltender Erik Voloshin feels the highest honor to be accepted there for both academics and to continue his hockey career.
“My first impression of Wesleyan was through Coach [Chris] Potter, and right away I could tell he was a great coach. When I went to visit, I had heard of the school and their great academics, but I was most curious about the athletic experience,” added Voloshin, a native of Bedford, N.H. “Watching a practice, I could see the way the players interacted with Coach Potter and the atmosphere of the rink caught me. Players were not stressed or worked up, they were confident.
The entire campus has a tremendous environment. Students are working hard and studying, but the interaction with one another was my favorite part - all the students were happy and the place itself was filled with excitement. My favorite part of the hockey program and the institution would have to be the environment.”
Voloshin first began hearing from Wesleyan and other New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools while at Milton Academy. It was this year, while with the Kings playing in the NCDC, that the communications really ramped up.
“While I had some conversations with Coach Potter last year, these talks escalated after Thanksgiving. In early December I could tell they were interested in me as a prospect for their school,” he added. “Once I visited campus I loved everything about Wesleyan.”
Wesleyan loved seeing what Voloshin could do between the pipes while facing a lot of action. In 27 games, he faced an average of 35.7 shots per game and posted a .909 save percentage. Voloshin was certainly happy to get the heavy workload and the massive support from the full-time staff that works for the Kings.
“The South Shore Kings offer their players a ton of support. Off the ice, we are lucky to work with EPS and their amazing staff multiple times a week. The coaching staff was also tremendous,” said Voloshin. “Every adult in the building from the EPS staff to the South Shore Kings coaches have an in-depth knowledge of hockey. I was lucky to play under Coach Drew Omicioli. He's an intense guy, but the players love him, he brings an energy that escalates everybody's game.
“Personally, Coach [Tyler] Holske was the biggest part of my development, he is an amazing coach and he worked closely with the goalies. I have built a strong relationship with him and this has helped my development. Whenever I had a question or wanted to work on my game he was there with video or advice,” Voloshin added. “Overall, the South Shore Kings program is great for development, they push their players and explore college opportunities diligently, I would recommend the program to anybody looking to improve their game.”
While Voloshin does everything in his power to improve his game before moving on to the Wesleyan campus in Middletown, Conn., he is also excited about enrolling in the Wesleyan economics program.
“I have always liked economics, I think it is one of the most understood parts of the world,” he said. “While I am not set on the economics route, it is my plan to pursue economics and learn other cool subjects along the way.”
The USPHL congratulates Erik Voloshin, his family, the South Shore Kings and Wesleyan University for his commitment.