The New Jersey 87's are proud to announce that forward Ryan Gilroy has committed to play Division III hockey at Albertus Magnus College for the 2019-2020 season.
Gilroy is a 20-year-old forward from Wilmington, Delaware and is playing with the 87's EHL team. In 31 games this season, Gilroy has one goal and four assists while establishing himself as a reliable two-way forward. Head coach Adam Houli spoke about Gilroy's accomplishment, and what it means for the team.
"Ryan has been in the junior game for a few years now, has taken his bumps and bruises and came here with a goal in mind to get to that next level. He's put in the work and now he gets a chance to go in the fall and see what he can do at the NCAA level," Houli said. "He was a very raw player coming in, he bought into our system and our work ethic and it has shown. Albertus will get a player that can walk in, give it his all and adapt to their systems. He's very versatile in that sense, and it showed this year as an 87 and now as a future NCAA athlete."
Albertus Magnus is a Division III school located in New Haven, Conn and competes in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. The 2019-20 season will be the program's inaugural campaign, and the Falcons will be lead by head coach Kyle Wallack. Gilroy talked about his commitment and what it means to join the program.
"There's a lot of pressure going into your 20-year-old season to find a commitment. Once you do it, it lifts a weight off your shoulders, and I couldn't be happier in joining a school like Albertus Magnus," Gilroy said.
Gilroy played for a couple of different junior teams prior to joining the 87's. He spoke about the organization standing out in his experience and how it helped him land the college commitment.
"This is definitely the best team I've been around. The hockey knowledge, the speed of the game picking up and being able to think faster rather than just taking your time to make plays; it's been fun and I've been learning a lot. I think the team has done a great job preparing me for the college level," Gilroy added.
The 87's organization would like to congratulate Ryan and his family as he prepares to continue his hockey career at the Division III collegiate level.
The New Jersey 87's are excited to announce that defenseman Geoff LaMorre has committed to play Division III hockey at Fitchburg State University for the 2019-2020 season.
LaMorre is a 20-year-old blue liner from Hubley, Nova Scotia, and is playing in his first year with the 87's. In 36 games this season, LaMorre has recorded nine goals and eight assists for 17 points.
Head coach Adam Houli spoke about LaMorre, who became the fourth 87's player to make a college commitment.
"Geoff has been steady all year, he came here with a mission to commit to NCAA hockey and he has done just that. He is a phenomenal defender who can push the pace offensively but also be very strong one-on-one defensively," Houli said. "He will translate well into the college game with his size and skating ability. I am very happy that Geoff trusted the process, trusted our team, our league and our vision. His accomplishment is well deserved."
Fitchburg State University is a Division III school located in Massachusetts. Playing in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Falcons are led by head coach Dean Fuller. LaMorre spoke about his commitment and explained what it means to join the program.
"I'm very honored to become a part of Fitchburg's program. It's always been a goal of mine to play NCAA college hockey and I'm glad it has come true. I'm really excited for this opportunity and I'm very much looking forward to the next four years," LaMorre said.
Since coming to New Jersey, LaMorre has proven to be a shutdown defenseman while having the ability to find the score sheet. He spoke about his development as a hockey player under the 87's organization.
"The 87's have really helped me play my best hockey this year, as well as developing the proper habits and decision making that will certainly aid in transitioning my game to the collegiate level," he said. "From the hours we put into the weight room, to our extensive video analysis, to the consistently high level of practice, I believe the 87's organization has really helped me with developing my game the right way this year."
The 20-year-old defenseman will be accompanied by a familiar face, as forward Trent Shanley committed to Fitchburg earlier this season.
"It's always a little easier to go into a new environment with a familiar face and I hope Trent and I can bring to Fitchburg State some of the values that have come to define the 87 way," LaMorre said.
The 87's organization would like to congratulate Geoff and his family as he prepares to advance his hockey career to the Division III collegiate level.
Middletown, NJ - The NJ 87s, members of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) are proud to announce that the NJ 87s EHL Premier team will participate in the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) Blaine Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota in September, 2019 as a guest team in the U18 division. The NAPHL Showcase is run in conjunction with the North American League (NAHL) Showcase and is the most scouted event by NCAA Division I schools, NCAA Division III schools and Tier 2 USA Hockey junior teams each season.
“The NAPHL is one of the premier midget leagues in North America and the NJ 87s are extremely excited to add this great event to the 2019-2020 schedule,” said Matthew Kiernan, owner and coach of the NJ 87s. “The NAPHL offers the highest level of exposure a midget and junior age player playing in North America can hope for, and we feel that this showcase is an ideal addition to our model, which focuses on player development and player advancement.”
The NJ 87s will also announce two more U18 showcase events as part of the NJ 87s Eastern Hockey League Premier team schedule for the 2019-2020 in the next few weeks.
To learn more about the NJ 87s, visit www.NJ87s.com. To become a member of the NJ 87s organization for the 2019-2020 season, fill out the player interest form using the link https://nj87s.sportngin.com/register/form/575648095. If you have questions you may email NJ 87s team leadership directly: NJ87shc@gmail.com
87's getting ready for a 5-on-3 power play that will last for 1:33. It's a 1-1 game with 3:53 left in the 3rd period.
The good news: We lead in shots, 16-8, after one period. The bad news: We trail 1-0 after one period.