Julian Miranda made the long trek in 2016 from Salt Lake City to Charlotte to follow his NCAA hockey dreams. Four years of hard work and a lot of fun playing with the Charlotte Rush in the USPHL paid off recently, when Miranda committed to Chatham University.
Chatham, an NCAA Division III institution, is based in Pittsburgh, Pa., and competes in the ultra-competitive United Collegiate Hockey Conference.
“What I liked most about Chatham University is the fact that they are a great school with fantastic academics and an up-and-coming hockey program. The new coach, Michael Gershon, gave me a really good feeling about turning this hockey team into something great! My gut feeling told me to go here.”
Chatham’s staff first reached out to Miranda in March, just as the coronavirus pandemic was bringing the world to a halt. That also brought the Rush’s USPHL Premier title hopes to a halt, creating a tenable heartbreak in Miranda and all of his teammates. Over four years, the Rush were always in the hunt not just for the Premier title but USPHL Elite championships as well.
“[The Rush] had the best culture I’ve ever been a part of. That program helped me become a better person along with a better hockey player,” said Miranda. “I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunities that Charlotte gave me.”
Miranda first joined the Rush in 2016, when they were part of the USP3HL, which became today’s USPHL Elite Division a year later. He posted 117 points in 104 USP3/Elite games. He earned himself a one-game call-up to the former Elite (now Premier) Division in 2016-17, earning two more in 2017-18. He made the full jump after 20 Elite games in 2018-19, posting six points in 14 games and also playing in six playoff games, including during the Rush’s 2020 Premier Nationals appearance.
He was full time at the Premier this whole season, wearing an “A” as alternate captain for all 38 games, registering 14 points along the way.
“I would say all aspects have dramatically increased since my first year in Charlotte. I wasn’t the best player at first, but they gave me the guidelines that helped me build my current skill set,” Miranda added.
He is also adding to the skill set by working on his physical fitness during the pandemic by working a manual labor job.
The USPHL congratulates Julian Miranda, his family, the Charlotte Rush and Chatham University for his commitment.