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HASLEY COMMITS TO BENTLEY
by posted 05/16/2019


Mt. Hermon, MA- The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins are proud to announce the commitment of goaltender Connor Hasley to Bentley University for the fall of 2021. The Bentley Falcons play in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Hockey Conference.
 
“For me, Bentley seemed like the perfect fit,” stated Hasley. “I felt at home when visiting, and during the whole visit I felt very comfortable with all the coaches. It's a great school academically, and has a great hockey program. It wasn't a difficult decision to make as it just felt right. I am very excited to join the program!”
 
The North Tonawanda, NY, native joined the Bruins last season after playing for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres and is currently finishing his junior year at the Northfield- Mt. Hermon School.
 
“I knew a bunch of kids from Buffalo that pursued the prep school route, and heard nothing but great things about prep school. I chose NMH because it was a great school academically, and in the past years they have been on the rise in hockey. NMH has helped me tremendously in many ways,” he said. “Coach [Kevin] Czepiel did an outstanding job coaching this year. He kept everyone focused, and engaged the whole year. He's a great player advocate as well which is a big reason as to why I'm in the position that I am in today.”
 
As a member of the Bruins, Hasley backstopped the team to a third-place finish in the EHF Selects division of the USPHL and kept the team in the top 15 of the USA Hockey 18U national rankings for most of the season.
 
“I knew nothing about playing split season fall hockey in the Boston area. I had a great time on the team,” recalled Hasley. “I made my way to the GBL bruins when Coach Czepiel found me a spot on the team. We were a solid team and [Head Coach] Bret Tyler is a great coach that helped make us a successful team.”
 
Playing for the Hoggers this past season, Hasley posted a tremendous .938 save percentage and 1.37 goals against average in 28 games and set a school record with eight shutouts. With Hasley in net, the Hoggers qualified for the NEPSAC Elite Eight tournament and he was awarded All-NEPSAC East honors.
 
Congratulations to Connor and the Hasley family.
 
Photo credit: Josh Boyd/ USPHL
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ALUMNI UPDATE: DACCORD SIGNS WITH OTTAWA
by posted 04/01/2019


Tempe, AZ- The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins congratulate former goaltender Joey Daccord on signing a two-year entry level contract with the Ottawa Senators, as announced earlier today.
 
The North Andover, MA, native recently finished his junior season for the Arizona State University Sun Devils and became the first player in the history of the program to sign an NHL contract.
 
As a junior, Daccord started all of the Sun Devils’ 35 games, posting a 21-13-1 record, a 2.35 goals against average, and a .926 save percentage, and led the team to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. He was also recently named a finalist for the Mike Richter Award, presented to the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA hockey.
 
“It’s an incredible honor and something I’ve worked towards my whole life and I couldn’t have done it without Arizona State University, coach [Greg] Powers and the entire staff at Sun Devil Hockey,” Daccord said in a statement. “I’m incredibly thankful for everyone that’s been a part of this, including the Ottawa Senators organization.”
 
Prior to matriculating at Arizona State, Daccord played the 2010-12 seasons at North Andover High School and for Cushing Academy from 2012 through 2015. He played for the GBL Bruins during his senior season on a team that also included NHL draft pics David Cotton, Patrick Shea, and Jake Massie. He was drafted after graduating from Cushing with the 199th overall pick.
 
Congratulations to Joey and the Daccord family on this tremendous achievement.
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SMALL COMMITS TO BOWDOIN
by posted 03/23/2019


Dorchester, MA- The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins are proud to announce the commitment of forward Ean Small to Bowdoin College, a member of the prestigious New England Small College Athletic Conference.
 
The Highland Park, IL, native attended and played for the Northfield- Mt. Hermon School after the conclusion of the Bruins’ season.
 
This season was a revelation for Small, as the Highland Park, IL, native had spent the rest of his hockey career playing full-season hockey in the Chicago area.
 
“I couldn’t be happier with my decision to come out to the East Coast for hockey,” he stated. “I wanted to play for a NESCAC school and the teams back home had limited exposure to the schools on the East Coast.
 
“There were too many games and not enough practices with full-season hockey, and I liked how the prep schools gave the best of both academics and athletics, much like the NESCACs. Coach [Kevin] Czepiel was a great coach; he really advocated for his players a lot and had a lot of contacts with colleges around here.”
 
Small also experienced split-season hockey for the first time as a member of the Bruins this past season.
 
“I thought the split-season hockey was a higher level than I played out in the Midwest,” he noted. “It was great to play with some of my teammates at Northfield and on a team with other guys from around the area. It really introduced me to the style of play I’d be up against all season.
 
“[Bruins head coach] Bret Tyler was excellent at getting everybody to come together during the fall,” he continued. “We had a great season and playing with the Bruins prepared me for my new team. I would not have done as well as I did during the prep season and would not be playing at Bowdoin had I not started the year with the Bruins.”
 
Congratulations to Ean and the Small family.
 
Photo credit: NMH Hockey
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16U TEAM RETURNS, BRENDAN COLLIER ANNOUNCED AS COACH
by posted 03/16/2019


Dorchester, MA- The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins are pleased to announce the return of our 16-and-under Tier 1 National Bound team after a one-year hiatus. The team will compete in the EHF Selects League, a division of the USPHL, and will be eligible for the Massachusetts State Tournament and the USA Hockey National Championships.
 
Coaching the team will be Brendan Collier, who played for the Bruins while starring at Malden Catholic High School.
 
While playing at Malden Catholic, the Charlestown native helped the team take home MIAA Super Eight titles in 2011 and 2012 and served as the team’s captain his senior year. At the conclusion of his prep career, he was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh round (189th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
 
“I remember playing for the Bruins when I was younger,” he recalled. “There were 12 or 13 players who played [NCAA] Division I [hockey] and a few more who played Division III. A lot of my old teammates are still playing professionally. We went to [USA Hockey] Nationals twice and it was great, because with that and the Super 8, it was as if we had two postseasons.”
 
After a post-grad year with the Valley Jr. Warriors of the now-defunct Eastern Junior Hockey League, Brendan matriculated at Boston University in 2013 and transferred to Northeastern University after his freshman season.
 
Collier’s arrival on Huntington Avenue coincided with the resurgence of the Huskies hockey program and the team won their first Hockey East Championship since 1988 his junior year. He served as a team captain as a senior in the 2016-17 season.
 
Following his graduation from Northeastern, he played one season in the ECHL before retiring as a player. Among his current ventures is the Northern Mass Skills program in Revere.
 
“I helped out with the ’07 North Suburban Wings program last year, but this will be my first time coaching players at [the 16-and-under] age group,” he said.
 
“[General Manager] Pat [Bohan] had wanted to bring back the 16U team and had approached me around Christmas. I remember playing for the Bruins and the amazing teams I was a part of, and this was too good an opportunity to pass up. Playing for the GBL Bruins was great for my development and I’m excited to return as a coach.”
 
The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins will be holding tryouts on April 12-13 at the Canton SportsPlex in Canton,MA.
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ALUMNI UPDATE: HAYES COMMITS TO HOLY CROSS
by posted 01/22/2019


Braintree, MA- The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins congratulate alumnus Christian Hayes on his recent commitment to the College of the Holy Cross last week. The Holy Cross Crusaders play in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Hockey Conference.
 
“The first time I went up there and was shown around by the coaches, I felt comfortable walking around and I knew that I could picture myself there and being a member of the team. Holy Cross has great athletics and academics, and I was looking for a school like that,” he stated.
 
Hayes, a senior at Thayer Academy, played fall hockey for the GBL Boston Jr. Bruins in 2016-17 and 2017-18, often against many of his prep school teammates, and had nothing but praise for the Bruins coaching staff.
 
“I had a great time playing for Coach [Bret] Tyler and Coach [Pat] Bohan. We played a very competitive schedule and it helped all of us get ready for the prep season,” he recalled. “Most of my teammates played for the [Cape Cod] Whalers, and it was fun playing against them.”
 
With plenty of options available to him, the Milton, MA, native knew right away that the prep and half-season model was the correct choice for him, and that he would remain at Thayer until graduation.
 
“As a freshman, I really looked up to the seniors and how they led the team, so I wanted to stay all four years and have the freshmen and sophomores looking up to me and follow the same role,” he noted. “I didn’t want to leave them behind. Playing for Coach Tony [Amonte] and Coach [Bob] Kelley and Coach [Matt] Collins has been great for my development.”
 
Hayes will arrive in Worcester in the 2020-21 season and will join former Bruins teammates Bryce Dolan and Bobby Young on the Crusaders.
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ALUMNI UPDATE: YANDLE NAMED TO NHL ALL STAR GAME
by posted 01/17/2019


Toronto, ON- The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins extend their congratulations to alumnus Keith Yandle on his selection to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. This will be the third appearance for the Milton, MA, native, as he was previously selected for the 2011 and 2012 events.
 
Yandle played for the Bruins from 2002 through 2005 while attending Cushing Academy and led the Bruins two consecutive Massachusetts 17-and-under State Championships and the 2004 USA Hockey National Championship. His final season with Cushing and the Bruins culminated with a call from the Arizona Coyotes, who drafted him in the 4th round (105th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
 
He moved on to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2005-06 and helped the Moncton Wildcats win the league championship while collecting the Emile Bouchard Trophy (best defenseman) and Telus Trophy (defensive player of the year.)
 
Yandle split his first two professional seasons between the Coyotes and the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage and made his NHL debut with the Coyotes on October 11, 2006. During his time with San Antonio, he was selected for the 2008 AHL All-Star Game.
 
Yandle made the NHL full-time beginning with the 2007-08 season and has played in 870 career games between the Coyotes, New York Rangers, and Florida Panthers, scoring 91 goals and recording 411 assists (502 total points).
 
"It's obviously very humbling, especially with the amount of talent there is in the game, on our team, everywhere," he said in an NHL.com report. "Looking at the rosters, it's one of those things you pinch yourself a little bit but obviously excited to represent our team."
 
The 2019 NHL All-Star Game will take place at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA, on January 27.
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MERRITT APPEARS ON CENTRAL SCOUTING WATCH LIST
by posted 11/14/2018


Toronto, ON- The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins are proud to announce the appearance of forward Arlo Merritt on the most recent NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch list.
 
Merritt received a “B” rating, which indicates a probable second or third round selection.
 
The Halifax, NS, native joined the GBL Bruins this season and led the team in total points (9) and tied for the lead in both goals (5) and assists (4) in EHF Selects play. He also played for the Kimball Union Academy Wildcats in the last two seasons, recording a 5-6-11 scoring line as a sophomore and an 18-10-28 line last year. The Wildcats won the NEPSAC championship both years with Merritt on the roster. Additionally, he was a pitcher for the Wildcats baseball team in the spring.
 
“Arlo is a great player and a great kid off the ice,” said Bruins head coach Bret Tyler. “He always competes, he has all the tools and the intangibles, and he can play in any situation. He’s great on both the penalty kill and the power play, he’s physical…he’s a great all-around player. As long as he continues to work hard, the sky’s the limit.”
 
Merritt will graduate from Kimball Union Academy in the spring and is set to matriculate at The Ohio State University in the fall of 2019.
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A Tradition of Success- Boston Jr. Bruin Alum David Warsofsky
by Jr Bruins posted 02/19/2014


Jr Bruins alum David Warsofsky at home again in a Bruins sweater.
The Boston Jr. Bruins have experienced unparalleled success as a program, winning a number of State Championships as well as USA Hockey National Championships.  Many of our players have been able to build upon the success they have achieved as members of the Jr Bruins organization and take their talents to the next level.  Do you have what it takes to continue the tradition?  Join us and you will find out.
  

A Tradition of Success
College Alumni  (Last 10 years)

Kevin Hayes- Boston College
Matt Greene- Boston College
Joe Whitney- Boston College
Brian O'Hanley- Boston College
Justin Greene- Boston College
Ryan Fitzgerald- Boston College
Chris Bourque- Boston University
Boomer Ewing- Boston University
David Warsofsky- Boston University
Dan McGoff- Boston University
Steve Smolinsky- Boston University
Brendan Collier- Boston University
Robbie Baillargeon- Boston University
Malcolm Hayes- University of Maine
Billy Ryan- University of Maine
Richey Boyd- University of New Hampshire
Brad Malone- University of North Dakota
Alex Killorn- Harvard University
Patrick McNally- Harvard University
Alex berry- University of Massachusetts Amherst
Cory Quirk- University of Massachusetts Amherst
Richard Bachman- Colorado College
Sam Marotta- Merrimack College
R.J. Boyd- Michigan State
Broc Little- Yale University
Torin Snydeman- Northeastern University
Brendan Corcoran- Colgate University
Mark Goggin- Dartmouth
Nick Lovejoy- Dartmouth
Branden Komm- Bentley University
Pierce Norton- Providence College
Mike Wolff- Brown University
T.J. Massie- University of Massachusetts Lowell
Matt White- University of Nebraska-Omaha
Mike Conderman- Niagara University
Ryan Driscoll- Holy Cross
Mike Vecchione- Union College
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