BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League Premier is pleased to announce that Jake Drucker (New England Wolves), Anthony Shrum (Philadelphia Revolution), and Wes Gilbert (Central Penn Panthers) have been named the 2017-18 Student-Athletes of the Year. Each player turned heads both on the ice and off the ice, exemplifying the idea of being a 'student-athlete.' Whether it was community service hours, or additional time spent studying, each individual set themselves apart from the rest. For this year's new award in the EHLP, each team submitted their own candidate and the league officials determined the final award winners.
"Just like our new Humanitarian Award, we sought out to find a way to honor some of the top individuals in the EHLP," said Mark Kumpel, the EHLP's Director of Hockey Operations. "Our organizations are helping these players grow as young men, and much of this growth takes place away from the rink. Of course what takes place on the ice is important, but all the college coaches also ask about what takes place when our guys aren't playing hockey. The college coaches are looking for players who will help them win hockey games, but also earn an education while they play. These three individuals all have very bright futures ahead of them, because they are dedicated to aspects of their life other than hockey. On behalf of the EHLP, I would like to congratulate Jake, Anthony, and Wes, for all the work they put in this past year."
LACONIA, NH -- Anthony Thurston, a forward for the New England Wolves, has committed to Framingham State University for the Fall of 2018. The '97 just finished his first season at the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) level, after spending the 2016-17 campaign with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers at the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) level. The native of New York racked up 38 points in 41 games in the EHLP, and then 20 points in 46 games in the EHL.
When Thurston arrives on the campus of FSU, he will already know a pair of his teammates. Zander Allen and Rodahn Evans of the Wolves, are also part of the incoming class of freshmen for the Rams. Framingham State has now brought in over 20 players from the EHL, since the league was formed back in 2013.
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BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) is pleased to announce that Dave Tremblay has been named the 2018 Most Valuable Player (MVP). Tremblay began the season with the Central Penn Panthers and racked up 64 points in 31 games. The 2000-born forward and his linemate, William Smith, were then traded to the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers for the playoff stretch. Since joining Philadelphia, Tremblay has 24 points in 19 total games. The Most Valuable Player award and all other league honors, are voted on by the coaches in the EHLP.
"Having seen Dave play a few times, he is truly one of the most-skilled young players we have in the league," said Mark Kumpel, the EHL's Director of Hockey Operations. "Being a 2000-born forward, the future is very bright for Dave. Congratulations to him on winning this award."
Breaking down the season as a whole, Tremblay leads all scorers in the EHLP with 88 points in 50 total games. In those 50 games, the Canadian scorer has only been held off the scoresheet 10 times. Tremblay has truly embodied the meaning behind being the Most 'Valuable' Player, as he had a role in over 70% of the Panthers goals during his time with Central Penn.
Tremblay truly is an all-around forward with 49 goals, 39 assists, 24 power-play points, and 5 game-winners this year. His season is also not over yet, as Tremblay and Jr. Flyers are heading to Providence this Sunday. Schneider Arena is the site for the EHLP Championship Game where Philadelphia will take on the Boston Jr. Rangers. You can watch the EHLP Championship Game LIVE at EHL.HockeyTV.com, or if you're planning on coming to Providence, the admission is FREE on Sunday.
The 2nd place finisher for the MVP honor is Danila Larionovs (Boston Jr. Rangers) and 3rd place is Geordan Buffoline (Vermont Lumberjacks).