“Even though he still has a year left of junior eligibility, he’s ready now to make the jump to NCAA hockey,” explained Coach Rich DeCaprio. Garrison Gagnon has committed to SUNY Fredonia for the fall of 2022.
When looking for the perfect fit, Garrison searched for a genuine player-to-coach connection. He truly noticed that on his official visit on campus. “In my first moments arriving at Fredonia, Coach Meredith took me into the locker room where they have alumni plaques on the wall above the stalls,” said. Gagnon. “He was able to tell me everything there is to know about every single person on the walls including their lives after Fredonia now - this amazed me.” SUNY Fredonia is known for Coach Meredith’s connections to his players after they had graduated.
Aside from the coaching, Garrison mentioned his excitement for their compact campus, state of the art hockey rink and varsity lifting room. He is also looking forward to being a part of a school and a team that gives back to the community. “One thing I love about Fredonia is how giving they are to the locals in the neighboring towns,” Gagnon said.
His success does not go unnoticed as Garrison is sure to give credit to his coaches at BJR. He expressed, “Coach Decaprio has helped me to increase my plan to be ready for the next level by providing input and guidance through my college search.”
In 26 games, the ‘02 defenseman has put up 11 points. His ability to move the puck and powerful speed has helped the Rangers to improve their overall record to 24-11-2. “We are very happy for Garrison,” Coach DeCaprio explained. “He’s a high energy player that can really skate and defend well.”
Gagnon is planning to pursue a major in exercise science to further lead him into his goal of studying physical therapy.
“I want to thank my parents and family because I wouldn’t have been able to do this without them supporting me the whole way,” Garrison said. “I would also like to thank my team and coaching staff - without them challenging me, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have so far this season.”