The United States Premier Hockey League has been a major portion of forward Frank Anastasio’s development since 2015, as he has played in the league four of the last five years.
He joined at the USPHL 16U level, playing for the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, and he has been a key player with the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs’ 18U and Premier teams the last three seasons.
All of this has helped prepare Anastasio for an NCAA hockey career with Neumann University, of Aston, Pa.
“I like the Monarchs organization, they have obviously helped me a lot and stuck with me. They’ve always been loyal to me,” said Anastasio, a ’99-born native of North Babylon, N.Y. “When I was with the P.A.L., it was the USPHL’s third season [2015-16]. The 16U division was really strong and we had a pretty good team.”
Anastasio’s progression through the years culminated in a huge offensive season in 2019-20, when he posted 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points in 31 regular season games. That certainly piqued the interest of the coaches at Neumann.
“Neumann started talking to me about a month after the season ended. My former coach, who left in December, got me talking to them. We talked for a while through the summer,” said Anastasio. “It’s a good school. I like the rink a lot. They have a really good team and play in a really good division. I really enjoyed talking to Coach Kyle Mountain.”
Anastasio is also excited to be able to join Neumann’s strong and reputable business school.
The balance sheet showed that Anastasio climbed heavily into the black this past season, earning more and more ice time between the 2018-19 season and 2019-20.
“I had played juniors before the Monarchs, but they were a really good team. There were a lot of good players, and that helped me improve a lot in practice,” said Anastasio. “I wanted to be one of the guys who played all the time, so I had to work harder. The Coach [Nic Cota] put a lot of trust in me, I got more playing time and I made the most of it.”
“It was a pleasure to coach Frank the past two seasons at the Monarchs,” said Cota.
Additionally, Anastasio said that less time in the gym, and not more, helped him to become the NCAA-ready player he was this year.
“[In 2018-19], I had overworked myself. I was staying on the ice more and in the gym less, so I was less sore,” Anastasio added. “I was getting my reps on the ice and doing more shooting.” “Neumann has a good player and a better person coming their way,” Cota added. “I wish Frank and his family the best of luck in his next journey.”
The USPHL also congratulates Frank Anastasio, his family, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and Neumann University for his commitment.