The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs were celebrating in early July, and it wasn’t just for our country’s birthday on the Fourth of July.
Two days later, former 16U Monarchs goalie Kyle Chauvette (Goffstown, N.H.) announced his commitment to the College of the Holy Cross, a NCAA Division 1 school, for the 2021-22 season.
Chauvette was a two-year member of the Monarchs 16U squad, including 14 games with the 2017-18 team in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL)’s 16U Division. He posted a 2.93 goals against average and an .893 save percentage.
“The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs provided me the opportunity to play a high level of hockey that challenged me and pushed me to get better,” said Chauvette. “The coaches supported me, believed in me and gave me what I needed to be successful and advance to the next level.”
He always impressed Monarchs head coach Clint Edinger with his determination to get better every day.
"Kyle has been very focused and determined to be the best he can be,” Edinger said. “[He has] a work ethic in the classroom, on the ice and in the gym that can only be matched by very few. He is a true student athlete and will be a great asset to any organization. Kyle is a gamer and thrives off the competition. He was the backbone to our 16U team the past couple seasons and that gives you a chance on any night."
Ryan Frew, the Monarchs general manager and head coach of their tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) team, echoes many of these sentiments.
“Kyle has an exceptional work ethic, and is a true student in the classroom and a gifted goaltender. Watching his development with our U16 team has been impressive,” added Frew. “He is a high mountain climber, with big aspirations and lofty, yet attainable, goals. When he sets his mind to something, the kid accomplishes it. It’s in his DNA to prove people wrong and it fuels his passion for the sport.”
Chauvette, who will attend and play for Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn., this year, said that he followed his gut feeling that the Worcester college is the perfect place to bring his game in four years.
“When I visited Holy Cross, I got a great feeling from the atmosphere and set-up of the campus,” Chauvette said. “The education I will receive is top notch and will challenge me to be the best I can be. The coaching staff took time to meet with me and discuss their coaching philosophy, development plans and how I fit into their future plans. It was exactly what I was looking for in a college and the ability to play in Division 1 is awesome.”
About the USPHL
Founded in 2012, the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) is comprised of 170 teams. Our teams are geographically diverse, ranging from North to South to the Midwest and Pacific.
The USPHL fields teams in a variety of divisions from Junior to High Performance Youth Divisions.
Our Junior Divisions consists of - The National Collegiate Development Conference, (NCDC) which is a unique, tuition-free, Junior hockey division geared toward Division I collegiate development placement and beyond and our Premier and Elite Divisions.
Our Midget and Youth Divisions consists of 18U, 16U, 16U Futures and High Performance Youth.
In 2018, the USPHL merged with the Eastern Hockey Federation to become the Nation's Largest Amateur Hockey Organization.