DECATUR, Ill. – The hockey offseason brings optimism for the upcoming season and in junior hockey, player advancements.
The USPHL’s Decatur Blaze have both.
Today, the Blaze have announced that forward Conor Mulcahy has committed to play ACHA hockey for Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, starting with the 2018-19 season.
“I first noticed the opportunity when coach (Taylor) Emerick sent me a message seeing if I was interested in coming down for their camp,” said Mulcahy, a 1997 birth year from Orland Park, Ill. “Soon after, I knew SIUE was the perfect fit.
“The first thing that stood out to me was how beautiful the campus is and location of the school. I like the smaller school atmosphere a lot. As soon as I played in that first game, I knew this was where I was going to play hockey. The group of guys was so welcoming and the coaching staff was great as well.”
Last season with the Blaze, Mulcahy recorded six goals and eight points in 30 games.
For the 2018-19 season, Mulcahy will not only be making the jump from junior hockey to college hockey, but also getting back into the academic mindset with his classroom work.
“I expect next season to definitely be one of my best,” Mulcahy said. “I believe the team has a lot of talent and I’m very excited to be a part of it. I don’t think it will be difficult to get back into the swing of school. I’ve always been a good student.”
Mulcahy is currently undecided on a major at SIUE, but is leaning towards marketing.
When he reflects back on his year with the Blaze, Mulcahy realizes last season helped him get to college hockey.
“Having a coach like Zac Pearson is the reason I’m ready for college hockey,” said Mulcahy. “He helped me improve my skills and hockey IQ so much this past year.”
“Conor is a great kid with a great future ahead of him,” added Pearson. “He maybe didn’t have the big offensive numbers that some people look for, but he always works hard and will only continue to get better and better.”
Mulcahy said that even after his college career ends, he doesn’t want to leave the ice.
“My short-term goals are to play through college, but I never want to leave the game, whether that means coaching or playing after college.”
Stay tuned to www.DecaturBlaze.com and follow the Blaze on Twitter and Facebook for more player advancements and signings for the 2018-19 season.