Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Drobot Commits to Maine

My Maine Hockey Journal story

Press Release

NEWARK, NJ – The New Jersey Rockets are proud to announce that U19 forward A.J. Drobot (’98 birth year/Churchville, PA) has committed to the University of Maine to continue his academic and playing career. Drobot is the second ’98 birth year player playing for the U19 Elite program to announce his college plans as defenseman Cam Dineen (’98 birth year/Toms River, NJ) announced for Yale University earlier in the season.

“I’m very excited to be a part of such a great program and to one day play for legendary Head Coach Red Gendron,” Drobot said. “I’m excited to be a part of the Maine hockey community.”

The Churchville native has suited up for forty-eight games this season for the Rockets picking up thirty-one goals and seventeen assists. The thirty-one goals currently leads the entire Rockets junior program.
“They came out and watched a few of my games,” Drobot reflected. “I had a two-goal performance in an exhibition game at UMASS-Lowell followed by, what I felt, was a strong performance in an exhibition game versus the New England Wolves and once they offered, I knew it was the place for me.”

“A.J. has proven himself to be a dynamic goal scorer at the junior level despite only being a ’99 birth year,” said Rockets Head Coach and Director of Player Development Bob Thornton. “Maine is receiving a great hockey player who plays a physical game with a scoring touch and is among the top ‘98 birth year forwards in the district, and in the country. We expect great things from him down the road.”

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