When it’s one of those warm summer nights and the sky looks like a pastel painting in the National Gallery, you can bet Cole Crusberg-Roseen will be watching that sunset with a big smile.
The Monarchs have built such a winning culture, so going there was the best decision I’ve made.
The young man from Exeter, N.H., loves being at his family’s place on Cape Cod during the summer. However, it’s September now. The sunsets have been saved to his memory, set aside and now he’s all about hockey, and all about his New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 16U team.
The University of Massachusetts saw this intense focus on display at the Tier 1 Labor Day Faceoff. Crusberg-Roseen had made an official visit to the Amherst campus in August, but the big handshake was made over Labor Day weekend, and the ’02-born defenseman is expected to join the Minutemen for the 2021-22 season.
“It’s an amazing opportunity. I’ve been working for it so long, and it’s really nice to have that behind me,” said Crusberg-Roseen, who is in his first year with the Monarchs program. “I can start working on developing my skills and not have to worry about the recruiting process. You have all that stress on you and you’re wondering when you’re going to get a call. Now, I can just focus on becoming the best player I can be, getting better and playing for UMass.”
Although this is Crusberg-Roseen’s first year with the Monarchs, and also the first year for head coach Mike Addesa III, Addesa has a history of working with the Minuteman commit.
“He is really talented. I coached him in U14 with my previous team, and from the beginning of U14 to the end of U14 to now, his maturity level has risen greatly - he’s become really serious about the sport,” said Addesa. “That maturity has helped him take that raw talent and helped him harness it and put it in the right direction. This kid has really great upside.
“He is someone who tested off the charts in strength and conditioning. She shoots the puck a ton and he is really fast. He is a super athlete, a great student and just a phenomenal kid,” Addesa added.
“I’ve known Addesa since my 14 season, and he is probably the best coach I’ve ever had. He and [assistant coach Frank Golden] know the game so well, and I knew they’d develop me into the player I wanted to be,” said Crusberg-Roseen. “The Monarchs have built such a winning culture, so going there was the best decision I’ve made.”
Crusberg-Roseen posted four assists in his first USPHL 16U game, a season-opening win over the Connecticut Jr. Rangers.
“I want to get better at making the smartest plays with the puck, not just focusing totally on offense,” he said. “I want to move the puck better than I have in previous years, and really use my teammates.”
As aforementioned, loyalty means a lot to Crusberg-Roseen. Getting to know and trust a coach led him to returning to the tutelage of Addesa and Golden this year, and it also led him to giving his verbal commitment to the Minutemen.
“The coaches there all have amazing reputations - Coach [Greg] Carvel knows how to win, having built St. Lawrence into a winning culture,” said Crusberg-Roseen. “[Associate head coach] Ben Barr was with Union and Providence. Right now, UMass is growing into one of the top teams in the country. They’ve figured it out and are getting the right players in.”
There are only three more summers of enjoying those sunsets over Cape Cod Bay before he joins this burgeoning college hockey power.
“It’s a good break from school, and I can relieve stress and hang out with family and friends,” said Crusberg-Roseen. “It’s my favorite place.”
Sitting on the beach each summer, he’ll be able to recharge and refocus after getting better each season. When September comes, he’ll brush off the sand, put on the hard hat and get back to work.
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.
The USPHL fields teams in a variety of divisions from Junior to High Performance Youth Divisions.
Our Junior Divisions consist 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, as well as the split-season EHF Selects.
In 2018, the USPHL merged with the Eastern Hockey Federation youth league to become the Nation's Largest Amateur Hockey Organization.
Learn more at: USPHL.com