No one can predict the future, completely, but it is nice to be a hockey player with a vision for where you’ll be two and possibly even six years out.
The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs’ Aidan Curran (’01, Dracut, Mass.) has this kind of “future security” of sorts with his commitment this past spring to the University of New Hampshire. Curran made the commitment after playing for the Monarchs in the United States Premier Hockey League’s 16U Division in 2017-18.
“They saw me a lot playing this year,” said Curran. “It’s a long process. They took me up to tour, and saw me play at the Massachusetts Select Festival and asked me to commit. I knew it was the right choice.”
He also said it was definitely the right choice to bring his game last year to the Monarchs after previously playing for Austin Prep High School in Reading, Mass.
“It was my first year and I didn’t know what to expect when I came into the organization. They gave me the tools to be successful on the ice, saw my potential and worked with me to fulfill my potential,” said Curran. “I wouldn’t be the player I am without them.”
With the Monarchs last season, he scored 11 goals and 30 assists for 41 points in 22 USHL 16U Division games. He added a goal and an assist in five USPHL 18U Division games. The Monarchs split their 16U season between the USPHL and Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, where Curran added another 40 points in 28 games.
If there’s one man who knows everything Aidan Curran can bring to a team, it’s the Monarchs’ Clint Edinger. He is both the 16U and 18U head coach, as well as the Monarchs’ strength and conditioning coach.
"This comes as no surprise to me as I had the privilege of spending four days a week in the gym and three days a week on the ice with Aiden these past two off-seasons,” said Edinger, of the commitment. “Aidan is a bright kid with long term goals in mind and he will not stop working until they are reached.
“He is such a dynamic skater with not only top speed but, edge work to create offensive opportunities down low,” Edinger added. “His puck protection and ability to find the open man is some of the best I have seen. Don't be fooled by his playmaking ability as he can score goals when the opportunity is present. It will be exciting to watch him develop and perform at the next level."
That next level this coming season will be the tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference. He will be plying his trade for Monarchs NCDC head coach and general manager Ryan Frew.
“I’m absolutely elated for the Curran family. Anytime that a kid gets his No. 1 choice, UNH being that for Aidan, it’s kind of like the pinnacle of accomplishment for our staff. It’s why we do what we do,” Frew added.
“This opportunity couldn’t have come to a better kid. Aidan works hard. He’s one of the best true skaters that has ever come through the program,” Frew said. “He has a high end skill set, with excellent playmaking ability and a scorer’s touch. We are looking forward to him continuing to grow and develop on our NCDC team next year. He’s the type of kid that is a pleasure to coach. Clint Edinger proves again to be one of the best in player development.”
Curran seems to have a knack for top-of-the-linecoaching, at the midget, soon at the junior level, and a couple years from now at the college level at UNH.
“Glenn Stewart [associate head coach] and Mike Souza [head coach] are both great coaches who believe in their players,” said Curran. “When I toured there, I could see myself as a student and as a hockey player there. My end goal is to play pro hockey, and they can help me get there.”
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.