Kevin Urquhart has played a part in an awesome first half of the 2020-21 season for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarch National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) squad. Now, he has already checked the next box on his hockey career.
Eligible for another junior season, Urquhart has instead opted to commit to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs in Upstate New York.
Urquhart played his varsity hockey at three different New England Prep Schools and spent time with some AAA Programs before signing on with the Monarchs this past fall.
The first step after finishing at Proctor Academy this past spring was making the jump to a Tier 2 junior program. He also did stints at Austin Prep and Vermont Academy before moving on to Proctor as a high school senior.
“I’ve known Coach [Tony] Dalessio for a while. He is from the same town as me (Burlington, Mass.),” said Urquhart, adding the coach offered him a tender last season. “Coach Dalessio has been an awesome influence on me so far, I love him. When he offered me that tender, I jumped at it. I’m very happy I picked this spot. I love playing for him.”
Urquhart has collected 11 points in 14 games with the Monarchs who have lost just once through their first 14 games and are currently engaged in a frantic three-way battle for top spot in the League’s North Division with the Boston Junior Bruins and Islanders Hockey Club.
Asked what he sees his role on the Monarchs as, Urquhart said, “I try to be a power forward with my linemates. I try to do my job well which is put pucks to the net, just playing a good role, play with pace, stuff like that.”
Playing on a team that is considered one of the best, the Monarchs are almost always guaranteed to see the best their opponent has to offer in every game.
“We’re going out every game trying to get two points and we’re pretty confident we’re going to get them every night. It’s definitely been very good so far,” said Urquhart. “We know we have a target on our back right now. We had a really hot start, so we’re giving every team our best and we all know they’re coming for us. It’s been good so far. We’re just on a roll and we’re going to try to keep that going, to Tampa.”
The winning environment and counting on each other has made for a tigh-tknit group, said the forward.
“Yeah, the room is definitely very tight, we all get along well. We have a lot of good stuff going on for sure.”
While playing all his junior hockey in New England, the move to New York isn’t that far away, but the attraction was the school, said Urquhart.
“Coach Rob Hutchison (Head Coach for Skidmore) has been awesome throughout the whole process. He was always straight up with me telling me what’s going on and everything,” added Urquhart. “I want to study business and they have a really good program. My parents always say academics is a major role and I firmly agree with that too. It’s a great school, I’m very happy with it, and I can’t wait to get up there and play for them. It was kind of a no-brainer [choice] for me.”
Education and hockey has been the combination Urquhart has become used to over the years, so this season has been a little different with no classes.
“It’s definitely been an adjustment,” said Urquhart. “Just trying to keep your mind going, doing workouts and stuff like that. It’s definitely different - it’s an adjustment, and yeah, it’s been a little weird.”
With the college decision made, Urquhart has the luxury of just focusing on what could end up being an amazing junior season.
The USPHL congratulates Kevin Urquhart, his family, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and Skidmore College for his commitment.