The Boston Jr. Rangers have announced that goaltender Sam Bernard has committed to Sacred Heart University (Atlantic Hockey) for the coming fall.
He's the 40th current and former Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL) player to hold an NCAA commitment for next season and beyond.
In 23 regular-season appearances this year, Bernard, from Lafayette, Colo., fashioned a 9-8-5 record, including five shutouts, to compliment a 2.20 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage.
Bernard’s performance this season landed the 1994-born on the All-AJHL Second Team.
"This is an outstanding accomplishment for Sam and we couldn’t be happier for him and his family,” said Jr. Rangers coach Mario Martiniello. “All season long he proved himself as one of the league’s top goaltenders, and he’ll be a great addition to Sacred Heart’s program.”
Bernard is the fifth player on this year's Jr. Rangers roster to make NCAA plans for next season, and the first to hold a Division I commitment.
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