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PAL Islanders: Taking Stock of a Big Year Across Entire Organization

By Pete Judge, 06/22/16, 11:00AM EDT


This season saw the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders Premier team finish fifth in the league, while the Elite team also cracked the playoffs in its first season in existence. 


Both the U16 and U18 teams were extremely competitive in their tough USPHL midget brackets, with two players from the U18 squad making NCAA Division 1 commitments over the course of the season as well. Kevin Obssuth committed to Canisius College, and Douglas Connor committed to Princeton.


All in all, the organization helped committed six players to NCAA Division 1 programs, and five more to Division 2 or 3 schools.


“We’re happy with how the teams performed this year and we know that we’ve done a great job developing student-athletes and creating a winning atmosphere,” said general manager Ron Kinnear. “At the same time, we’re not going to stay complacent. Our goal is to win the league at every level, and we won’t stop working towards that.”


That mindset is contagious throughout the organization. Coaches have been doing their homework and scouting the incoming crop of players throughout the season and are looking to put together a group that can win each division of the USPHL.


The Jr. Islanders play approximately 44 regular season games in the USPHL Premier, while also attending six heavily scouted USPHL showcases.


The Jr. Islanders Premier team has its own locker room at The Rinx, and a full equipment package for players is included in the tuition.


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Alumni update: Former Islanders goalie Brendan Leahy makes the journey back to the NCAA national championship tournament with his Providence College teammates. Providence is looking to defend its 2015 national championship here in 2016. This marks the third time in a row the Friars make the national trip, setting an all-time best for consecutive national berths in the 65-year history of the program.


Also, UMass-Boston is in the NCAA Division 3 Frozen Four – Derek Caruso, a forward with this year’s Islanders, will join UMass-Boston next year.


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