Noah Furman just knew where he should be as the 2020-21 NCDC season was beginning - right back where he had started his NCDC career a year earlier.
Furman, a 2000-born native of Hopkinton, Mass., spent this entire past season with the Twin City Thunder, returning to the Auburn, Maine-based NCDC squad after a trade last year to the Utica Jr. Comets.
“I just think that [Thunder Head Coach/Owner] Dan Hodge really cares about all the team, all of us, and wants to see all of us succeed,” said Furman.
And succeed he did, earning a college commitment this year to Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill., about one hour north of Chicago along the shore of Lake Michigan. Furman will begin play his NCAA college career there this fall.
“I had reached out to them and heard back at the end of this season,” said Furman. “I just like the school and the feel there, and also the head coaches. The campus is really nice, the hockey facilities are nice and it’s just a pretty good package. It’s a nice place to go and play, and I look forward to getting to know the coaching staff better.”
Furman finished as the leading scorer for the Thunder this year, posting seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points in 30 regular season games. He added three assists in five playoff games, as he helped lead the Thunder to their first-ever appearance in the NCDC Semifinals. Seventeen of his 28 points were scored when the Thunder played at Hub City Tampa, when the USPHL moved its entire NCDC operations for six weeks to suburban Wesley Chapel, Fla., in order to keep alive a season that COVID restrictions threatened to close in the fall.
“It was a great experience this season for my last junior hockey year. Obviously, it was a little weird coming back to Twin City, but it was exciting, and getting to go down to Florida was really fun,” said Furman.
Furman felt he improved a lot this year, and the numbers support that after seeing a significant increase in point production from his first 16 career NCDC games in 2019-20.
“This past year, I think I was really good with the puck, in distributing the puck to my teammates, and in finding good scoring chances,” said Furman. “I learned a lot about leadership, as one of the older guys on the team this year, I wanted to be a leader out there.”
He knows that the NCAA is the next level up, and he’s been working on various skills and techniques to be ready for his collegiate debut.
“At college, I’ll be working on my two-way game, getting better on the defensive side of the puck,” added Furman.
As for the educational side of Lake Forest College, he is excited about being introduced to a world of possibilities in regards to a future major.
“I’m actually undecided right now, as to what I’m going to study. I’m going in with an open mind,” said Furman.
The USPHL congratulates Noah Furman, his family, the Twin City Thunder and Lake Forest College for his commitment.