Category Archives: Recruit Features

Austin Shaw Shines With Wichita Falls After Fighting His Way Onto The Team

When Wichita Falls played at Lone Star this year, Austin Shaw was in goal. The game was in Dallas, in an arena packed with around 3,000 fans banging bells corralled in by steel walls.

“It’s so loud and the atmosphere and the pressure, I think that’s been the biggest adjustment. Just being able to push everything else aside and focus on the team and what you’re doing and be able to focus at the task at hand,” Shaw said.

“Then the speed and intensity is always up there and the kids are always getting better. … There’s always somebody watching and you [have] to be on your toes all the time.” Continue reading Austin Shaw Shines With Wichita Falls After Fighting His Way Onto The Team

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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.”

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

Keen Focus Raises Princeton Hockey’s Ben Halford To The Next Level

When goalkeeper Colton Phinney was still a recruit, the Princeton coaching staff watched him play the Bay State Breakers. Phinney, then with the Islanders Hockey Club, faced off against Ben Halford.

“That was probably the biggest game of his life,” Halford’s goalkeeping coach, Bryan McDonald, said.

Before the game, Princeton had expressed interest in Halford. And after watching Halford lead Bay State to victory, the Tiger staff invited Halford to campus for a visit.

“The kid just went there and stood on his head. [He] played out of his mind,” McDonald said.

“He’s not affected by anything.” Continue reading Keen Focus Raises Princeton Hockey’s Ben Halford To The Next Level

From Roller Blades to Skates: Eric Robinson Brings Motivation, Size and Speed to Dubuque

When Eric Robinson was little, he’d watch his older brother Buddy play hockey. Eric always wanted to skate with him.

“He was really impressionable too, so anything I did as a younger brother I think he wanted to do it as well,” Buddy said. “If I’m out there skating, he wants to be out there too. So he started younger than even I did.”

So the younger Robinson started skating around the house. Eric would put one roller blade on one foot and push himself around the house with his other foot.

“He always wanted to fit in with me and with my friends growing up,” Buddy said. “So he worked that much harder. He’s grown up now and e’s always been one of the best skaters on his team if not the best.

“He’s not happy unless he’s perfect and he’ll do everything he can to make sure he is perfect.” Continue reading From Roller Blades to Skates: Eric Robinson Brings Motivation, Size and Speed to Dubuque

Tony Calderone’s Sniper Shot, Hard Work Remain Biggest Assets for Sioux Falls

Note: After this feature was published, Calderone decomitted from Princeton and is now committed to Michigan.

Tony Calderone entered the last game of the USHL’s regular season on April 13, 2013 with 28 goals. In the first period of play against the Omaha Lancers, he scored his 29th. Continue reading Tony Calderone’s Sniper Shot, Hard Work Remain Biggest Assets for Sioux Falls

Sioux City’s Stuart Pomeroy Drops Gloves, Sticks Up For Teammates

by Jashvina Shah

Editor’s note: After the publication of this article, Stuart Pomeroy was traded to the Amarillo Bulls of the NAHL, where he plays with fellow Princeton recruit Joe Grabowksi.

On Sept. 20 Fargo Force’s Michael Babcock ran Sioux City Musketeers’ goalkeeper Kyle Hayton in the first game of their USHL season. Continue reading Sioux City’s Stuart Pomeroy Drops Gloves, Sticks Up For Teammates