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South Shore Kings Leading Scorer Heinke Commits To Quinnipiac University

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com, 01/15/22, 10:15AM EST

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All the work, all the dedication and all that scoring that Timothy Heinke has done for the South Shore Kings has paid off. The 2001-born native of Kensington, Conn., made his commitment on Jan. 14 to Quinnipiac University for a future career at the NCAA Division I ranks. 

“I was intrigued by their on-ice success, the fact that it is a smaller school and their business programs,” said Heinke, in an e-mail response to questions as he was on his way to a tilt with the Philadelphia Hockey Club. “I was impressed by the gorgeous facilities, the coaching staff and how close it is to home. Making the commitment was a no-brainer.” 

It’s also been a no-brainer this year to expect some kind of contribution in a Kings game from Heinke. He may be a junior rookie, but several years at Avon Old Farms School prepared him to go up against the NCDC’s best and prosper. He had 19 goals and 29 points in 26 games heading into the aforementioned Saturday game with Philly.

“[Quinnipiac liked] my overall game as a power forward, my physicality and my ability to produce,” said Heinke, who also added he just started talking with Quinnipiac coaches two weeks earlier, during the holiday break. 

The Kings originally acquired Heinke in the 2021 NCDC Entry Draft last spring, and that was a fortuitous pick. Heinke has joined with Sacred Heart University recruit Chikara Hanzawa to provide an unstoppable offensive push for the Kings this year. His talent with the puck was underscored when he scored a “Michigan Move” goal, joining teammate and Colby College recruit James Tepper in pulling off the move twice by one team in the same period. The two plays made the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10. 

Heinke chalks up that highlight to the overall experience of being a King. 

“Everything about the organization, from practices to video sessions to off-ice training, have been first class,” Heinke said. “In addition, the relationships I have built with my teammates and coaches will last forever. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity the Kings organization has given me.

“The mental side of my game has become significantly stronger,” added Heinke. “The league has challenged me to perform all aspects of my game more consistently than ever before.” 

Even with the commitment, it doesn’t guarantee minutes in his future with the Bobcats. He knows there’s still work to be done down the stretch drive and into the March playoffs. 

“I need to work on every aspect of my game,” said Heinke. “Quinnipiac has a very prestigious hockey program and there is a lot of work still to be done in order to have an impact on the team’s future success.”  

Future success off the ice is, of course, the leading reason for anyone to go on to college. Heinke isn’t 100 percent certain what he will major in, but he expects something in business and/or civil engineering. 

The USPHL congratulates Timothy Heinke, his family, the South Shore Kings and Quinnipiac University for his commitment.