TEWKSBURY, MA -- For many programs, a year that finished with 13 NCAA Commitments and both teams advancing to the Second Round of the playoffs, would be reflected on as a success. However for the Boston Jr. Rangers, the after-thoughts from the 2018-19 season have brought with them an "Unfinished Business" mentality. Don't get Rich DeCaprio wrong, he's very proud of the 13 players moving on to college hockey this fall, but he's also determined to help bring both of his junior teams back to Providence.
"It was simply a disappointing way for the season to finish," said DeCaprio, the EHL Head Coach and General Manager. "Both of our teams last year were good enough to make it to the Frozen Finals, but each group came up just short. The defeats have made Keith [Aucioin] and I that much more determined to make it back to the Frozen Finals, and to do so at both levels."
Two seasons ago (2017-18), the Rangers' team in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) won their division and then advanced further then the program ever had before, on their way to the first-ever Frozen Finals at Providence College. Year in and year out, the top team of the Rangers' program has always been regarded as a contender, and Coach DeCaprio wants this to be the year where they are the last team standing.
As for the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) team, last year was the first time the Rangers had fallen short of at least reaching the finals. In each of the first three seasons of the EHLP, the Rangers advanced to the EHLP Finals, skating away as champions a pair of times. It's also worth noting that in each of the past two years, the Rangers have won the Regular Season Championship. Simply put, the EHLP team doesn't want an early exit in the 2019 playoffs to be known as the end of a dynasty.
Looking ahead to the new season on the horizon, and the Rangers organization as a whole has many returning players. Below you'll find a list of all the players, both EHL and EHLP, coming back for another year with the program.
With such a high retention rate, combined with 72 total NCAA Commitments since 2013, the numbers simply speak for themselves. The Rangers program owns top teams in the both the EHL and the EHLP, and both squads are ready to get a new season started.
TEWKSBURY, MA -- The Boston Jr. Rangers are pleased to announce that Clay Ellerbrock has committed to UMass Dartmouth for the fall of 2019. The '98 native of Tega Cay, SC recently finished his first and only season in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), tallying 23 points in 31 total games for the Rangers.
"We are very happy for Clay,” said EHL head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio, “We got him late in the season from a Canadian junior league where he just wasn’t being noticed by colleges. Coming to us, he immediately generated interest from schools. His speed is undeniable, and he has a nice touch around the net. He will have a great career at UMD!”
Ellerbrock is one of four players from this year's EHL team that has committed to UMass Dartmouth for this upcoming season. The talented forward adds his name to the list that includes John Grealish, Jake Maynard, and Tanner Opie.
"Playing in the EHL was a great experience," said Ellerbrock. "There was always a lot of exposure to colleges. There were scouts at most of our games and being at three showcases really gave me the opportunity to be seen. I am grateful for Coach Decaprio and Coach Aucoin for bringing me into their top-notch organization. I really felt at home during my time with the Rangers. I am beyond blessed and honored to call UMass Dartmouth my home for the next four years! I would like to thank my teammates, coaches, and everyone in my family especially my parents, because without them none of this would be possible.”
Be sure to keep your eye on the Corsair hockey team next season, as the set of Rangers gets ready to begin their respective collegiate hockey careers.
TEWKSBURY, MA -- The Boston Jr. Rangers are pleased to announce that Go Uemura has committed to Wesleyan University for the fall of 2019. The '98 native of Manhasset, NY played two seasons (2016-17, 2018-19) in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), spending the most recent campaign with the Rangers. Overall, Uemura tallied 30 points in 48 total games this past year, and dating back to his single season with the New York Applecore, the veteran forward finished his junior career with 56 points in 98 total games in the EHL.
"We are very happy for Go,” said EHL head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio, “He had a great season for us and are very proud to have him commit to Wesleyan. He’s a great kid and always has a smile on his face when he comes to the rink. We expect great things from him in the future!"
When Uemura arrives at Wesleyan, he will be one of two EHL players joining the Cardinals' hockey program this fall. With the additions of Uemura and Wiggle Kerbrat (New Hampshire Avalanche), the EHL has now helped seven total players commit to one of the toughest academic universities in the country.
"Although our season ended sooner than we all expected, it was an unbelievable experience playing for such a reputable organization," said Uemura. "The Jr. Rangers welcomed me with open arms from the start and I immediately became a part of the family. I believe the Rangers’ long-lasting success lies not only in having top-tier facilities, but in having a great culture where everyone helps each other achieve their goals of playing college hockey and winning a championship. I would like to thank Coach DeCaprio and Coach Aucoin for helping me become the player that I am today. Whether it was on-ice skill work or personalized video sessions after practice, their willingness to develop my game was exceptional. I would also like to thank my teammates, friends, and family for all of their support along the way. I am excited to attend Wesleyan University this fall and look forward to contributing to an outstanding program and school."
WIth Uemura's commitment, the Rangers have now sent a player off to Wesleyan University in each of the past two seasons. Last year, Danny Sorabella was the Rangers' player who committed to join the Cardinals, and he recently finished his freshman campaign with six points in 26 total games.