The EHL Jr Avalanche is once again making strides in the NCAA college hockey commitment department. The team is proud to announce their 6th college placement of the 2018-19 season as veteran forward Conor Leach has chose to continue his athletic and academic career at Western New England. Located in Springfield Ma, WNE plays in the CCC Div III college hockey conference and play their home games at the Olympia Ice Center. The Golden Bears are coached by Head Coach Greg Heffernan who is in his 10th season behind the bench.
Leach is in his second season with the Avalanche and this season has been a big part of the Avs frist half success helping his team skate into Christmas break with an outstanding 21-4 record. The speedy winger in 24 games this season has 7g and 14a for 21pts and is counted on in all situations, something that Avs Head Coach Chris Cerrella thinks will make Leach successful next season at the college level. "To play college hockey you need grit, speed and hockey awareness and Leach has a combination of all of those things. He is one of the hardest working and dedicated players I have ever coached and I think he has set the mark for what being an Avalanche player is all about. He believed in the process, out his head down and has earned this opportunity to not only play hockey at Western New England but to also be part of their very competitive engineering program. Conor is going to do a great job on the ice and in the classroom and is a fantastic addition to the WNE community. I know Coach Heffernan is excited to be adding Conor to his locker room and campus and I could not be more proud of Leacher. He will be hard to replace but he has set a mark for all the players in the future that get to wear the Avalanche jersey. I wish Conor and his family nothing but the best," said Chirs Cerrella. With the first half finally over the Latham, NY native can take a deep breath and just concentrate on one thing, returning to the EHL Final Four. "It almost feels surreal to finally achieve the one goal I have been chasing for the past three years. I want to thank Coach Cerrella and the entire Avalanche organization for all the support on and off the ice. I want to thank all my teammates for always pushing me along my journey. Most of all I want to thank my family for giving me the opportunity to continue doing what I love. I am very excited to spend the next four years at a school that fits me as well as Western New England," said Leach. Check back here in the near future as the NH Avalanche will be announcing several more college hockey commitments as the season progresses.
The EHL NH Avalanche would like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our past, present and future families.