Patrick McCoy wrapped up his junior season as one of the spark plugs on the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings last season and now is beginning the next chapter in his hockey career as a freshman at UMass-Boston, likely in 2021-22.
A native of Vernon, Conn., McCoy came through the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs system, playing three seasons of youth and U-18 with the Monarchs before making his junior debut with the Premier division team in 2018-19.
For his final season of junior, McCoy experienced a change of venue and experienced a different part of the county, joining a friend who traveled to the Midwest to play with the Riverkings. While seeing a new place was certainly a part of the equation, McCoy said Head Coach Marty Quarters sold him on the program and he went on to play a big part in helping McCoy get to the program he wanted to play in. He scored 53 points in 43 games last season for the Riverkings.
“The coach with a good background definitely was appealing. It was a pretty easy choice and now that I am where I am I definitely would never regret that,” said McCoy, adding Quarters played a big role in helping him get to the school he wanted to attend.
It’s always great when a player signs to play hockey in college but to make it into the school they had their sights set on from the start makes it even better.
“Marty wasn’t stopping until I was where I wanted to be,” said McCoy. “It might have been easier going to some other places, but he knew I was set on this pretty much, so he didn’t give up on me. It took a while, but it happened.”
The draw to UMass-Boston was not just the hockey team but the school itself, said McCoy who currently lives in the New England, as Vernon’s about a two-hour drive from Boston.
“I just thought it was a good school to end up at after playing two years of juniors. I didn’t just want a school where I was going to be able to play hockey. I wanted a good academic school, like UMass-Boston. For my academic level, it’s definitely a pretty solid school and with it being right in town, I am able to live at home, so it’s real nice the first year, especially with COVID and all this stuff, it’s nice to be able to just stay at home and still be around the guys.”
McCoy enjoyed a big season with the Riverkings last season collecting 18 goals and 53 points, a 14-point improvement on his first year. He generally finds himself on team’s scoring units.
“Yeah, I am usually on more of an offensive line,” said McCoy. “Myself, I usually look for a pass first, try and get it back and work around the net a lot.”
Next up now for McCoy is making himself comfortable on a new team.
“We’ve been skating as a team a bit,” said McCoy who is ready to do whatever he has to do to find a spot on the team, which currently has no games scheduled for the 2020-21 season.
“It’s going to be tough to find a role. I’m probably going to have to change some stuff around, work myself into the lineup and do a lot of smaller things than I ever have before to get a chance to play a role, to work myself into the lineup and everything.”
The USPHL congratulates Patrick McCoy, his family, the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings and UMass-Boston for his commitment.