The New Jersey 87's are proud to announce that EHL forward Jack McDonough has committed to play Division III hockey at Manhattanville College for the 2019-2020 season.
McDonough is a native of Doylestown, Penn. and is playing in his first season with the 87's. Serving as the captain of the EHL team, McDonough has 11 goals and 22 assists in 41 games in the 2018-19 campaign.
Head coach Adam Houli spoke about McDonough, who played the 2017-18 season with the New Hampshire Avalanche before coming to New Jersey, and the leadership he exhibited throughout the year that earned him the 'C' on his sweater.
"He's had a tremendous amount of growth over the season. He was a guy that we traded for when we started the EHL team because we needed a veteran presence," Houli said. "He wasn't named captain until a month ago, but led all year. He's strong off the ice, he holds guys to high standards and on the ice he's a commander out there. Frankly the commitment is well deserved, it's something we expected and we're glad it came to fruition."
Manhattanville College is a Division III school located in Purchase, N.Y. Led by head coach Arlen Marshall, the Valiants compete in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference. McDonough spoke about the commitment and what factored in his decision to choose Manhattanville.
"It's honestly amazing to finally commit to an NCAA program. It's really big for me and my family and I couldn't be more excited. I visited the campus and it was beautiful. I love the team culture and the way they play, and hopefully they'll get it done in the UCHC championships this weekend."
The 20-year-old forward has played for various teams and leagues that include the North American Hockey League, but he talked about the 87's and how it helped him prepare for the NCAA level.
"This year has been surreal. Credit where credit is due, coach Houli and coach Kiernan have really created a culture here that is just built for success, they give us every resource possible to develop and get to that next level."
The 87's organization would like to congratulate Jack and his family on his commitment as he prepares to advance his hockey career to the Division III level.
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