MARLBORO, MA-Success for the Junior Bruins on the ice has certainly come with it’s rewards in the classroom as a trio of B’s forwards have settled on their college destinations for 2012. The Bruins, currently in first place in the EJHL, are having a great first half and, after a 4-1 win on the road against the NH Jr. Monarchs yesterday have a 19-3 record in league play. Forwards Thane Heller, Vinny Scotti and Peter Michailidis have all played a major role in that success and all made their college commitments in the last two weeks.
Heller, in his third season with the Bruins, has committed to Army. The Elizabethtown, PA native is enjoying his most productive season offensively. Through 22 league games Thane has a 15-20-35 line and is one of only 4 players to dress every game. That durability will bode well for his career as a cadet. Heller came into this season looking to get off to a great start and his strong play at the Woodchuck and Junior Bruins Shootout in September began catching everyone’s eye. “Thane has been a leader for us all season with his strong play on the ice. He’s always played well in big games and has a knack for scoring a big goal”, says head coach Peter Masters. Thane is tied for second on the team with three GWG’s.
“I was excited to receive an offer and can’t wait to get to West Point next year and hopefully help the team compete for a league title. I also would like to say thank you to my family and friends for all of their support.” -Thane Heller
Congratulations to Thane and his family!!!
Vinny Scotti has committed to Merrimack College. Scotti is in his second year with the club and has continued his dominant offensive play from the second half of the ’10-’11 season amassing 35 points in just 21 league games (14 points on the power play which is good for tops on the team). Scotti, along with Heller, are tied for 5th overall in league scoring as well.
At 5’9 175 the Vineland, NJ native uses his elusiveness and vision on the ice to make plays. “Vin has the ability to consistently create plays for himself and teammates. He is always around the puck. He’s been on our top line since December of last year and we’re really excited to see his success continue at the next level”, assistant coach Mike Anderson. In fact Scotti has been a point producing machine at every level everywhere he’s gone whether it was his youth hockey days, summer teams and now with the B’s. He is currently on pace to shatter his 55 point effort with the Bruins in 2010-11.
For Vin and his family the opportunity to lace up for the top team in the land, Merrimack currently ranked #1 overall with a 9-0-1 mark, is very satisfying.
“I was honored when Merrimack approached me about their school and becoming a part of their hockey program. After exploring my options, I felt Coach Dennehy and Merrimack College would be the best fit for me on campus and on the ice. I always wanted to play Division 1 hockey and would have never achieved my goal without the love and support of my family, friends, teammates and coaches who have helped me along the way. My parents, especially, have spent a lot of time and effort throughout the process and I would not have this opportunity if not for them.” -Vin Scotti
Congrats to Vin and family!!!
Peter Michailidis is headed to Hamilton. The second year forward committed to the Continentals in early November as he got off to a solid start this season with the B’s. Michailidis has a 4-8-12 line in 19 games which is on pace to more than double last seasons offensive effort. A graduate of the Westminster School, Peter is from Stamford, CT and is the eighth Junior Bruin to be committed to college off the 2011-12 squad.
Pete has been a mainstay in the Bruins lineup this season and has been an integral part of providing depth to the league’s most potent offensive team. “We’re very excited for Peter. Hamilton has a great hockey tradition and is a great school. Pete has truly earned this opportunity and we’ll know he’ll do very well there”, coach Masters.
“I’m really excited about playing for Coach Haberbusch and becoming a part of the great Hamilton hockey tradition. Hamilton is a place where I’ll be able to grow into a better overall person and that was a big part of finding the right place for me. I’d like to thank my family, friends and teammates for supporting me though the entire process.” -Peter Michailidis
Congratulations to Peter and his family!!!
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