TEWKSBURY, MA -- Zach Norby, a forward for the Boston Jr. Rangers, has committed to SUNY Brockport for the fall of 2019. The '98 native of Bristow, VA spent the last three seasons with the Rangers organization, playing at both the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) levels.
"We are very proud to announce Zach's commitment to Brockport,” said Rangers head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio, “Having recruited him 3 years ago, and seeing the strides he’s made not only as a player but as a human, has been very rewarding as a coach. He has been a great teammate and very easy player to coach. His skill set and IQ are well above average and his perseverance is right there as well. Zach will have a great college career."
Looking back at Norby's first season with the Rangers, and he played a key role on the 2016-17 EHLP team that reached the finals. That season Norby scored 20 goals and dished out 30 assists in 48 total games.
Following that season, Norby went on to spend the past two years with the Rangers' top team, tallying 82 points in 107 career games in the EHL. Overall, Norby put together a solid three-year career with the Rangers, and for that he is very grateful.
"Playing for the Jr. Rangers for the last three years has been a great experience," said Norby. "Coach DeCaprio, Coach Aucoin, and Coach Blair have all really helped me develop as a player and a person, and ultimately helped me achieve my goal of playing college hockey. I'm very excited to be joining SUNY Brockport next fall. I'd also like to thank all my teammates as well as my family, I wouldn't be where I am today without them.”
While the Rangers season ended soon than they had hoped, Norby and his teammates still have plenty to be proud of with what they accomplished this year. Norby will now set off for Brockport in the fall, where he will be joined by his teammate Aiden Curry, who made the same decision back in December.
Learn more about the Boston Jr. Rangers on the team's official website, and check out the EHLP's Commitment list, showing all the players who've climbed the ladder of development.
WARWICK, RI -- Earlier this evening the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) announced all of this year's honorees at the 1st Annual Banquet of Champions and Awards Show. Below you'll find a list of the All-Conference selections, to go along with the set of awards that the EHLP gives away each year. Every award was voted on by the 12 head coaches in the EHLP.
TEWKSBURY, MA -- We're down to just the final four teams in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP), and the New England Conference matchup between the Boston Jr. Rangers and the New England Wolves is set to begin tonight at 7:30pm.
During the regular season, these two teams faced-off a total of the seven times:
Similar to the Mid-Atlantic Conference Finals between the Philadelphia Little Flyers and the New Jersey 87s, every matchup in the regular season was tight.
As for the Little Flyers and 87s, they split games #1 and #2 of their series, and are heading back to New Jersey for a decisive game #3 on Sunday night.
Coming back to the Rangers-Wolves series, and each team took care of business in the Second Round by completing sweeps of their respective opponents. The Rangers handled the Vermont Lumberjacks with victories by the scores of 5-1 and 7-0. As for the Wolves, they beat the Connecticut Chiefs by the score of 4-2 in each game.
Ahead of game #1 tonight, we are going to highlight one player from each team to watch in the New England Conference Finals.
Bobby McCloskey is the anchor in goal for the Rangers this season, and he was between the pipes for each Second Round victory over the Lumberjacks. In total, the 2000-born netminder turned aside 47 of the 48 total shots that were sent his way. Looking back to the Regular Season, and McCloskey posted some of the best numbers in the league. The 6'5 netminder owned an overall record of 19-2-2, to go along with 2.10 GAA, a .930 save percentage, and 3 shutouts. McCloskey is a candidate for this year's Goaltender of the Year award in the EHLP.
As for the Wolves, their player to watch is nominated for both the MVP and the Defenseman of the Year awards in the EHLP. Jack Johansen tallied four points in the series with the Chiefs (three goals, one assist), including the game-winner in game #2. During the regular season, Johansen turned heads across the league, tallying 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) in 35 total games. The big, smooth-skating defenseman makes his presence felt on each and every shift that he takes.
Below you'll find the schedule for the three-game series, and be sure to watch each game live on HockeyTV.