OJHL Forward Alex Riche Commits to Princeton

Milton Icehawks forward Alex Riche has committed to Princeton hockey for 2015, Chris Heisenberg reported.

Riche , a 96 birth year, is in his second season with Milton, and his 22 points (12g, 10a) leads the team in scoring. Riche will join Joey Fallon, Ryan Kuffner, Josh Melnick and Max Veronneau in next year’s class.

Last season, Riche recorded 56 points (20g, 36a) through 52 games in Milton.  He’s the second Princeton recruit playing in the OHJL, as 2017 recruit Colin Tonge is currently with the Kingston Voyageurs.

(H/t Over The Boards)

Five Things To Watch

Princeton hockey looks drastically different this season, from the coaching staff to the roster. The Tigers suffered a few key losses and welcomed a group of new players who could change the team’s fate.

This might be a rebuilding year for Princeton. Regardless, here are five things to watch this season:

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Princeton’s Max Becker Crafts California Hockey Into A College Commitment

by Jashvina Shah

Max Becker saw his first pair of skates when he was two years old. They were a Fisher Price model, $15, composed of plastic and sitting on the shelf at Toys “R” Us.

Becker was fascinated by the skates.

But his mom, Carolyn, wouldn’t buy the pair. So Max picked up the skates and carried them with him throughout the store. Finally, Carolyn bought them.

“I skated on them everyday in our like living room and then eventually they just put me on ice,” Becker said.

The next two decades of hockey took Becker on a journey from his native Southern California to hockey-centric Minnesota, famed Shattuck St. Mary’s, the BCHL and eventually Princeton hockey.

“He’s a mix between a skilled forward and a hard worker,” Becker’s Shattuck teammate Andrew Farny said. “He has the skill set of a skilled forward but he doesn’t just rely on that.”

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2014-15 Princeton Hockey Season Primer

2013-14 Record: 6-26-0, 4-18-0 ECAC

The Big Storyline

The coaching staff for Princeton is entirely new. Ron Fogarty, Stavros Paskaris and Brad Dexter replace Bob Prier, Greg Gardner and Scott Garrow.

The Skinny

Princeton has struggled offensively and defensively for the past few seasons. Injuries have been a major issues as well, keeping Princeton from a chance at consistency. Despite the adversity, the Tigers have been an extremely hard-working and very physical team. But with the new coaching staff, it’s hard to say what Princeton’s identity will be this season.   Continue reading

Colton Phinney save rebound goes to Mark Naclerio who scores

Delbarton Hockey: Creating a New Jersey Legacy

by Jashvina Shah

In the 2009 New Jersey High School Hockey State Tournament semifinals, Delbarton — flush with future Tigers Tommy Davis, Mike Ambrosia and Colton Phinney — trailed Bergen Catholic 3-0. And Delbarton was getting out played.

Just before the final period, Delbarton’s coaching staff asked the players to believe in each other and fight for one more game as a team.

James Sirigotis scored first for the Green Wave in the third, en route to a 5-3 Delbarton victory. They came back in the finals and took down Christian Brothers Academy for their second state championship in a row.

“Success breed success at Delbarton, and they take a lot of pride in it,” Shatel said. “As a coach, that makes my job a little bit easier because they know what it takes to win from prior seasons and they teach our younger boys what it takes.” Continue reading

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