TEWKSBURY, MA -- The Boston Jr. Rangers are pleased to announce that Antony Metelev has committed to Fitchburg State University for the fall of 2019. The '98 native of Russia recently just finished his first and only season in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), tallying 23 points in 47 total games on the blue line.
"We are very happy for Tony,” said EHL head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio, “He was only here for a season, but the strides he made were huge. He’s a heavy D that can really shoot the puck and plays very physical. We had to work on the PIMs early on, but he figured it out, and was one of our top D down the stretch running the PP. He’s a great kid and I’m really excited for him to get the opportunity to play for Fitchburg."
As DeCaprio alluded to, Metelev made tremendous strides over the course of the season, and played a key role in his team's postseason run. While the Rangers ultimately fell short of their main goal, Metelev is still proud of everything that both he and his teammates accomplished this year.
"It was a great experience playing for the Rangers," said Metelev. "I benefitted not just from the Rangers' program, but the whole league helped me improve myself both on and off the ice. Both the EHL and the EHLP teams were like a family to me, they showed me great support throughout the whole year. The coaches helped me to get to where I am now, as I have reached my goal of playing college hockey in the USA. I would like to thank Coach Decaprio, Coach Aucoin, and the rest of the Rangers organization for a great year, and helping me develop to the player I am today. I would especially like to thank my family, friends, and teammates for supporting me every step of the way. I’m very excited to be joining Fitchburg State Falcons this fall.”
Along with a pair of alumni commitments and a mid-season commitment, Metelev has helped push the Rangers over the double-digit mark again this year. In total, the Rangers have 70 NCAA Commitments since the league was formed back in 2013, and that includes over 25 in just the past two seasons combined.
TEWKSBURY, MA -- The Boston Jr. Rangers are pleased to announce that John Grealish has committed to UMass Dartmouth for the fall of 2019. The '98 native of Bakersfield, CA spent three seasons with the Rangers organization, skating at both the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) levels.
"We are very proud of John on his UMD commitment,” said EHL head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio, “He’s another example of the ladder of development; playing for us for 3 seasons, his first year on EHLP, then he became an impact player for his last 2 seasons with our EHL team. He really matured into a solid young man, and hockey player here with us. I’m excited to see him play college hockey."
As DeCaprio mentioned, Grealish started out his first year in the EHLP, tallying 40 points in 45 total games during the 2016-17 season. The veteran forward then made a smooth transition to the next level, as combined between the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, Grealish notched 79 points in 102 career games in the EHL. Overall, Grealish is beyond grateful for everything that the Rangers did for him, along with everyone who helped support and guide him along the way.
“I started my junior hockey career with the Atlanta Knights under Coach Kevin St Jacques," said Grealish. "I thank him for opening the junior hockey doors for me. From there I have spent the last three years playing for the Boston Junior Rangers under Coach DeCaprio, Coach Aucoin, and Coach Blair. Each coach was instrumental in making me the hockey player and person I am today. I thank each of them for their leadership, encouragement, and dedication to developing me. Not only have they taught me skills and trained me on the ice, but off the ice they have taught me the importance of integrity, mental strength, and balance in life. I’m looking forward to starting the next chapter of life, attending college at UMass Dartmouth, and continuing to grow in hockey this fall. I'd also like to thank all of my amazing teammates throughout the years. Lastly, and most importantly, I would like to thank my parents and family for all their support over the years, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”
Grealish is one of three Rangers players set to join the Corsairs this fall, as Clay Ellerbrock and Jake Maynard each chose the same program for the next step in their respective paths.
TEWKSBURY, MA -- The Boston Jr. Rangers are pleased to announce that Erik Nilsson has committed to Lake Forest College for the fall of 2019. The '99 native of Grand Rapids, MI recently finished his first and only season with the Rangers, tallying 19 points in 44 Eastern Hockey League (EHL) games.
"We are very happy for Erik,” said EHL head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio, “He developed so much this season, both on and off the ice, and he will be a solid college hockey player. I’m very happy for him.”
As DeCaprio mentioned, Nilsson improved as the season progressed, and garnered the attention of a number of college hockey programs. The Swedish defenseman is excited about his decision, and very thankful for his time with the Rangers.
“I am very excited to be joining the Lake Forest community, it’s a great fit for me both on and off the ice," said Nilsson. "I want to thank the Rangers, Coach DeCaprio, and Coach Aucion for recruiting me, coaching me, and for helping me achieve my goal to play college hockey. I also want to thank my teammates and family for all their support. I look forward to contributing to an outstanding program at Lake Forest College this fall, and wish the Rangers continued success.”
While the season ended sooner than they had hoped, Nilsson and the Rangers still made a great postseason run to end the 2019 campaign.