It’s a year with the Boston Junior Bruins’ NCDC team where youth is served. The Junior Bruins have put together a team that features four prominent 2004-born players, with defenseman Jackson Dorrington being the only blueliner from his birth year. Dorrington, late last week, committed to Northeastern University in the NCAA Division 1 Hockey East Association.
“It’s really exciting, it’s good to have a place and know where I’m going,” said Dorrington, a native of North Reading, Mass., who played the past two seasons at Cushing Academy. He also played in the USPHL’s former split-season league the EHF Selects, with the Eastern Mass. Senators last year.
“I started talking to them a little before this summer, but it picked up in the late summer,” added Dorrington. “Northeastern really likes how I’m a two-way guy and they see me and how I fit into their program very well.”
Jackson would be the second from his family to play in the NCAA Division I hockey ranks when he joins in 2022-23. His older brother Max Dorrington, a former New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs USPHL 16U player, is currently with St. Lawrence University. His father also played Division I baseball for Harvard University.
Dorrington played his first NCDC game on Sept. 22 vs. the South Shore Kings, where he played a healthy 19:10 of ice time.
“The Junior Bruins organization is awesome. I played for them when I was 10, and I knew they had good hockey minds and they definitely want the kids to develop,” said Dorrington. “The pace [of that first game] was good, and NCDC hockey should be good and challenging for me this year.”
“I am very excited for Jackson and his family,” added Head Coach Mike Anderson. “He’s a wonderful talent. We’ve gotten to know Jackson a little bit over the last year as we selected him in the Futures Draft last January. He’s a terrific kid and as a player he has all the tools and physical attributes you’d want to see in a pro-caliber defenseman.”
Dorrington adds on to the description of his game as that of a two-way blueliner.
“I’m a two-way defender who is a puck mover, and I don’t shy away from physical play,” said the 6-foot-1-inch, 185-pound Dorrington. “I want to become more comfortable this year playing more offensively, and just play well and have fun.”
“Northeastern got a good one here, and with the NHL draft just taking place yesterday, it’s a reminder that it won’t be long before Jackson has his name called on that stage as well,” said Anderson.
The USPHL congratulates Jackson Dorrington, his family, the Junior Bruins and Northeastern University for his commitment.