Richmond Generals Forward Matt Wood ( 5'10 175 Center Rs 00 ) commits to Utica College. The Pioneers play at the NCAA Division 3 level of play in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC). The Pioneers are a top NCAA Division 3 hockey program that is a possible contender for the NCAA Division 3 National Championship every year.
Matt played for the Richmond Generals Premier team this year in the USPHL SouthEast Division. Matt appeared in 44 regular season games scoring 35 goals and 31 assists for 66 points with 10 PIM. Matt also appeared in 2 playoff games adding 2 assists for 2 points in postseason play this year. Matt was selected to the USPHL SouthEast Allstar team and finished 18th overall in league scoring in the USPHL Premier this Season. In the Southeast Division Matt finished 3rd overall in points (66), 2nd in goals (35), 3rd in assists (31), and 3rd in PPG (7). Matt was selected as the USPHL Premier Forward of the Month as well as taking home numerous USPHL Southeast Division Forward of the Week awards throughout the season. Matt also won the Generals Team Award for "Offensive MVP" which was voted on by his Generals teammates at the end of the season.
Wood on playing for the Generals," I am extremely excited to commit to Utica College for the 2021-22 Season. I would like to thank my family, friends, and teammates for the endless support and encouragement. I have learned so much both on and off the ice that has truly helped my development as a person and a player in my time in Richmond this past season. Coach Lyke,Coach Hasenzahl, Coach Podgurski, and Coach Bussard really make you feel like you're part of a family and they are all committed to helping and wanting to see you succeed. Playing for the Richmond Generals was an unbelievable experience and I would not trade my time as part of the Generals Family for anything.#RollGens!! "
Coach Heenan on Wood," We are excited to welcome Matt to Pioneer Nation. Matt is a fast,skilled forward who will fit nicely into our group. I have known R.C. for over 15 years now and he is very good at developing young players."
Coach Lyke on Wood," I am extremely happy for Matt and excited for him to commit to Utica College. Matt is an extremely fast skilled forward who knows how to score and put up points. He is a great kid and person both on and off the ice and his relentless drive,work ethic, and compete level will always make him successful wherever he plays. Matt was one of the most sought after and recruited players this year both by Tier 2 Junior teams and NCAA Division 3 schools. I know Coach Heenan runs an excellent program at Utica and is always in the mix to have a chance every year to contend for the National Championship. I know Matt will be an impact player at Utica College and will be an excellent addition both on the ice and in the classroom as a student athlete for Coach Heenan. I am very proud of all the things Matt has accomplished in our program this year and wish him and the Pioneers much continued success in the future!"
Wood becomes the 21st current or former Richmond Generals player overall to commit to a college hockey program this year. He joins current and former Generals Matt Dougherty (Stevenson University, NCAA Division III), Tristan Mock (Becker College, NCAA Division III), Peyton Tritz (Becker College, NCAA Division III), Max Bourque (Lebanon Valley College NCAA Division III), Luc Fox (Arcadia University NCAA Division III), Lucas Solanik (Montana State College ACHA Division II), Brennan Luckanish (Arcadia University NCAA Division III), Kevin Pietrucha (Purdue Northwest University ACHA Division I), Henri Pelletier (University of Maryland ACHA Division II), Brendan Meyer (Becker College NCAA Division III), Ryan Creenan (Morrisville State NCAA Division III), Tyler Roepke (Waldorf University ACHA Division I), Pat Pratapas (SUNY-Canton NCAA Division III), Thomas Lemire (St Olaf CollegeNCAA Division 3), Ian Hofmann (Becker College NCAA Division 3),Ignotas Ragas(Elmira College NCAA Division 3), Austin Mourar (Hobart College NCAA Division 3), Connor Close (St.Mary's College NCAA Division 3), Ethan Prout (Williams College NCAA Division 3), Dalton Silby ( Liberty University ACHA Division 1)
Stay tuned as we have numerous Generals players who will be announcing their commitments to NCAA and ACHA colleges and next level Junior A programs in the coming weeks. #RollGens!