Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dartmouth Comes Calling for DiMaio

Press Release

The Advantage is proud and excited to share in the announcement that Midget Minor/U16 defenseman Ben DiMaio has committed to Dartmouth College for the 2015 season.  Dartmouth is currently ranked 17th nationally and is tied for 3rd place in the competitive ECAC.

"This is an exciting time for me and my family" noted Ben.  "Im excited to have the opportunity to play Division I college hockey while receiving an IVY League education."  Ben joins former Advantage stars Kyle Nickerson and Connor Dempsey to the Dartmouth Campus.  The 6'1" defenseman is a good skater who has a good skill set that provides good rush offense when he has the chance but has a solid overall smart defensive game.  He can play in all situations.

Ben's Head Coach, Jimmy Russo, feels strongly that "Dartmouth got it right.  He is a great kid, very strong student and is developing into a very good skating defender with some offensive jump." 

Ben has been attending Lovell's Hockey Schools over the summers for the past 4 years or so.  He first started playing for the Advantage's U14 program, then played split season midgets and then joined the Midget Minor team this summer.  Ben helped his squad to an 8th overall seed in the T1EHL playoff showcase whiling winning the East Region. 

"I've had good people, good hockey people like Jimmy Russo and Tim Lovell teaching me the past few years.  Joe Lovell and Joe Bracken have also been extremely instrumental in putting me in this position.  Its been a great experience with these guys and happy to have called the Advantage and Lovells hockey my second home for a few years now."

Ben will more than likely be back with the Midget Major team next season and then play juniors where its best for him.  "Right now I am concentrating on helping my team compete in the playoffs.  I'm confident verything else will fall into place." 

(Nathan can be reached at

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