Michael Stevens is extremely excited about his future with Babson College. Having committed in December, Stevens is excited about joining one of the top NCAA Division III institutions a player can join.
“I first started talking to Babson in early October when Coach [Jamie] Rice watched me play against the New York Aviators. He really liked my style of play and my skill level,” said Stevens, a 2002-born native of Massapequa, N.Y.
“Following the game, Coach Rice and I continued to keep in contact with one another every week.
“Babson checked all of the boxes for me. Starting with the level of education and being one of the top business schools, and also with the hockey program being top 10 for Division lll.”
Babson, ranked No. 6 by USCHO.com in its most recent poll, has also been ranked No. 1 in several academic categories - Entrepreneurship (their both MBA and undergraduate programs) and No. 1 Business School for Salary Potential. Stevens plans to major in Business.
“I have not been able to visit the campus yet, but I’m looking forward to it sometime this month. I have played there previously and the rink is very nice,” said Stevens.
Stevens has been all business already with the Rockets Hockey Club, posting 39 points over the course of 28 games this year.
“What I have loved about the Rockets is that Coach [Jason] Kilcoyne really cares about moving players on to the next level. It is special there,” he added. “The players on the team all get along really well and are happy for each other's accomplishments. There are no individuals, we play as a team.”
Stevens has had a great track record within the NCDC, going back to his first season in 2018-19 with the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 16U team. Last season, Stevens helped the Boston Junior Bruins with the USPHL 18U National Division Championship, and also earned his first NCDC experience, as well.
“Playing for the Jr. Islanders my 16U year really helped develop my skill set while scoring 50 goals that season,” he said. “I also played in the USPHL 16U All-Star game that year,” he said. “The Junior Bruins drafted me in the NCDC, so I started out the season with them last year and ended up finishing the year with the 18U team, winning the USPHL National Championship for 18U.”
He’s especially been excited about his work this season in Bridgewater, New Jersey, with the Rockets.
“I feel that with the Rockets my 200-foot game has really improved under Coach Kilcoyne, which was something I know I had to work on to play at the next level,” said Stevens. “I also have more confidence in myself carrying the puck and making plays.
“I am still continuing to work on my 200-foot game, he added,” said Kilcoyne. “I am also looking to get faster and stronger in the off-season so I can compete with the 24-and 25-year-olds in college.”
The USPHL congratulates Michael Stevens, his family, the Rockets Hockey Club and Babson College for his commitment.