The USPHL’s junior leagues attract players from across the globe every season, but Luke Mix has been lucky to play out his entire hockey career so far in his New England backyard.
A 20-year-old defenseman and native of Winchester, Mass, Mix played his youth and varsity in his hometown before moving an hour down the road to New Hampshire’s Phillips Exeter Prep School in his senior year of high school.
From there, played this past season with the USPHL Premier’s Boston Junior Bruins and he will remain in the New England area for the next four seasons. He committed to attend and play hockey at Saint Anselm College, a private Benedictine liberal arts school in Goffstown, N.H.
“I have been lucky enough to have stayed local in New England my whole life,” said Mix, in an e-mail interview, adding the quest to better his education is the primary focus.
“I’ve always taken academics seriously, along with my athletics,” said Mix. “It was a little odd not doing school full time for the first time in my life (this past season); but I made sure to make up by taking some classes.”
Mix looked at all his options after the 2019-20 season and decided the Junior Bruins was the best fit for him.
“I talked to a few teams last spring [and] the Junior Bruins would be the best opportunity for me to develop and ultimately be able to play college hockey,” said Mix.
The curve can be steep making the jump from high school to junior, but Mix, a 6-foot-2-inch, 200-pound defenseman made it look somewhat easy.
“Luke was one of the most determined and focused players I have coached in recent years,” said Junior Bruins Head Coach Nevin Hamilton, also in an email interview. “He showed up every day ready to get better and win, which can be a challenge for young players. On the ice, he ran our power play, blocked shots on the penalty kill, and logged big minutes 5-on-5. Off the ice, he is mature, responsible, and honest. Saint A’s is gaining a good person with an old-school work ethic which nowadays is all too rare.”
His play with the junior squad attracted the coaches at Saint Anselm which Mix said was the first school to reach out to him.
“Coach [Larry] Rocha at Saint Anselm was the first school to offer me, and I really loved the campus, the people and the facilities.” said Mix. “All this helped me decide to go there next year and I couldn’t be more excited. I haven’t decided what I intend to major in yet, but Business, Criminal Justice or History are all paths I may pursue.”
In the past, Mix has spent summers playing his other great sports love – Lacrosse.
“I’ve always played lacrosse and loved playing it almost as much as hockey. Over the off-season, I plan to get in the gym and on d the ice as much as possible to get ready for next year.”
The USPHL congratulates Luke Mix, his family, the Junior Bruins and Saint Anselm College for his commitment.