Ian Driscoll got a new hockey home in December, and then also set up his next home after 2021-22 when he committed to Babson College just before Christmas.
“I have been in touch with Babson for quite a while now. During my senior year of high school and throughout this year is when I knew Babson could be a potential fit for me,” said Driscoll, a 2002-born native of Middleton, Mass., playing center for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs of the NCDC.
“I think the coaches at Babson liked my hockey sense and skill set as a creative forward. I like to use my speed to create scoring opportunities for my linemates.”
Driscoll started the season with the Islanders Hockey Club, which he first joined in 2020-21 while also doing a post-grad year at Deerfield Academy. Prior to the Islanders, Driscoll was a high scorer for the Pingree School of Hamilton, Mass., posting 114 points in three seasons. While there was obviously a lot to like about him from Babson’s standpoint, he saw plenty to like about Babson.
“Babson consistently has a very good hockey program that is nationally ranked. Coach [Jamie] Rice is very passionate about what he has at Babson and he seems very excited about adding me to the team, which I really appreciated during this process,” said Driscoll. “Academically, Babson is a highly regarded business school and academics have always been a priority in my life. I most likely want to pursue finance next year. At Babson they have endless opportunities to offer in the Business world and that is what I am looking for. This made it a very easy decision for me.”
Located in Wellesley, Mass., not far from his Middleton home, Driscoll has been able to really get to know the Babson campus and hockey facilities already.
“Fortunately, I was able to visit campus multiple times and watch a game this year. They have an awesome campus and rink,j which also furthered my decision to commit to Babson,” said Driscoll. “The smaller school atmosphere is similar to prep school and something I was looking for which made it seem like the right fit for me.”
So far this season, Driscoll has played in 19 NCDC games, but only six so far with the Monarchs. Even still, the team located in Hooksett, N.H., has made a big impression on their new center.
“I have really enjoyed my time playing for the Monarchs thus far. The practices are very competitive and we have many skilled players on the team, making each practice a game-like situation,” Driscoll said. “I like the style of play the coaches encourage us to use, which is playing fast and being creative in the offensive zone. Both Coach [Clint] Edinger and Coach [Frank] Golden have been very supportive in my transition to the Monarchs and I look forward to having a successful second half of the season.”
Overall, with 21 NCDC games under his belt in total, he certainly likes what the NCDC presents in terms of competition and skill development.
“I've been really impressed by the pace and competition in the NCDC this year. It is a battle every night no matter what team you’re playing, which makes it such a good league,” said Driscoll. “From a personal standpoint it has greatly helped in my development before heading to Babson in the fall.
“Throughout this year, I want to continue to be a responsible two-way center and rely on my skill to create more scoring chances in the offensive zone,” he added. “I definitely want to focus on getting stronger over the summer before jumping into college hockey. I know there will be plenty of opportunity next year so I want to be ready to play.”
The USPHL congratulates Ian Driscoll, his family, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and Babson College for his commitment.