TEWKSBURY, MA -- The Boston Jr. Rangers are pleased to announce that Mike McPherson has committed to Plymouth State University for the Fall of 2018. The '97 spent the better part of three years with the Rangers organization, playing for the EHL and EHLP teams.
"We are very happy for Mike on his commitment to Plymouth State," said Rangers EHL head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio. "Mikey developed with us and climbed the ladder from EHLP, to EHL, and then had stints in both the NAHL and CCHL. Ultimately I think he realized our team and our league was the best spot for him to finish his junior career and make his college commitment. When we got him back in January, he helped us tremendously. He’s a goal scorer and a competitor, but most importantly he’s a great kid. He will have a great college career!"
McPherson's time with the Rangers began with the EHLP team in the 2015-16 season, and that year he tallied an even 100 points in 38 total games. The native of Somerville, MA was named EHLP's Most Valuable Player, and was a key piece in the Ranger's first EHLP Championship.
McPherson moved up the ladder to the EHL for the 2016-17 season, and his scoring didn't skip a beat, as he led the league with 35 goals in the regular season. Including the playoffs, McPherson notched 69 total points in 53 total games that year. Next up for the talented scorer were a pair of stints in the NAHL and CCHL this past season, before ultimately returning back to the Rangers for the playoff run.
In his final set of games in the EHL, McPherson went off for 31 points in 15 total games. All in all, it was a fabulous junior career for McPherson, and he is very glad to have ended it with the Rangers.
"There is nothing more I will miss in life than coming to the rink everyday with the guys and knowing that I am going to improve as a hockey player," said McPherson. "My time spent with the Rangers in the EHL was enjoyable and everything I could ask for from a developmental standpoint. Both Coach DeCaprio and Coach Blair were dedicated day in and day out, not only to win hockey games, but more importantly to make their players ready for the next level. They changed how I viewed the game of hockey and showed me how the game should really be played with a balance of fun, intensity, and poise. I could not have picked a better team and family to play for in a steadily improving and already talented league. I am extremely excited to start my NCAA journey with Plymouth State University!"
TEWKSBURY, MA -- The Boston Jr. Rangers are pleased to announce that Jon Fowler has committed to Anna Maria College for the Fall of 2018. The '99 just finished his first season with the Rangers at the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) level, and he racked up a total of 25 points in 42 games on the blue line.
"Fowler was a great presence on and off the ice for our program," said Rangers EHLP head coach Ryan Blair. "He is a big body that can really shoot the puck. We are proud of the body of work Jon put in this year and wish him all the best in his college career."
Fowler is the first EHLP commit of the season for the Rangers, and the second overall for the entire division. For the most part, the EHLP has been a great stepping stone for players to develop for a year and then move up to the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). Looking at this year's EHL team in particular, seven of the players began in the EHLP, worked their way up to the EHL, and are now getting set to kick-off their collegiate hockey careers this Fall.
For Fowler, he took some time to weigh all of his options following the EHLP Championship game back on March 25th. The young defenseman found some security in the back of his mind, knowing that he could come back and likely compete for a top-six spot at the EHL level. Then Anna Maria came calling, and it was the perfect fit to move on to the next level.
"Having the opportunity to play Junior Hockey this year helped me develop my skills to be able to compete at a much higher level," said Fowler. "Coach Blair was always supportive and ran great practices so that each time I was on the ice I felt like I was improving my game. I’m excited that I'm getting the opportunity to play for Anna Maria in their first season and help them pave the way for a successful hockey program."
As Fowler mentioned, the Anna Maria College Amcats will begin their inaugural season at the Division III level this Fall. To date, their roster includes Fowler, and six other EHL/EHLP players, all from different organizations.
TEWKSBURY, MA -- The Boston Jr. Rangers are pleased to announce that Matt Roe has committed to Worcester State for the Fall of 2018. The '97 from Rochester, NY spent time with the Rangers at the EHLP level during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. For the most recent campaign (2017-18), Roe re-joined the Rangers at the EHL level in early December. In 26 total games, Roe notched 11 points to his name.
"We are very happy for Matt," said Rangers EHL head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio. "Matt played for our EHLP team, and then ended up playing for the Rochester Monarchs for a little over a year. When the NCDC wasn't what he was expecting, he came back and had a great remainder of the season with us, as we won the Boston Division. He will have a great 4 years at Worcester State!"
As DeCaprio mentioned, Roe's time with the Rangers began at the EHLP level, where he racked up 30 points in 57 career games. The '97 then returned home for a brief period, but ultimately decided to come back to the EHL, and was a key factor in the Rangers' successful 2017-18 season. It was a fun journey for Roe, and he is very happy that he came back to the Rangers.
"I'd like to thank Coach DeCaprio and Coach Blair. If you're looking to get to the next level and play college hockey, the Boston Junior Rangers organization is the best place to be."
Roe is heading to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), where he will square off against one of his teammates in Ryan Tierney, who is heading to Salem State this Fall. Also with Roe's commitment to join the Lancers, that makes it four years in a row that the Rangers have sent a player to Worcester State.