Wayne, NJ - The Jersey Hitmen are proud to announce that Connor Leen has committed to the University of Maine for the fall of 2011 or 2012. Leen split time last season between the EJHL and the Empire team where he was a Empire league all-star and Empire October player of the month.
"After visiting Orono, I knew it was the place for me," commented Leen, who was being recruited by 14 other division one programs. "I loved the campus, the rink was great, but most importantly I really liked the coaching staff. I am extremely excited to become a Black Bear." Leen went on to say, "I felt very comfortable with coach Whitehead, Corkum and Kerluke and after meeting with the staff knew I did not want to leave Maine without committing."
"Connor is a special kid and a special player," commented GM and head coach Toby Harris. "In this day and age so many players jump from team to team, looking for greener pastures, but Connor did not do that. He took the time to develop, he worked on his body, he worked on his game, and now is reaping the benefits through his loyalty to the program and hard work. The time that both Coach Barling and Lotito put into his development, and Connor's attention to detail, will undoubtedly pay off in the end. He will be an excellent Junior A player and a tremendous division one college player, this is a great day for the Hitmen and Leen family alike."
Leen will play this season for the Hitmen EJHL squad before matriculating at Orono.
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)