One of many criticisms of the John Micheletto period at UMass was that he didn’t appear to make a lot of an effort to lure Bay State recruits to the state’s flagship college. New coach Greg Carvel talked about focusing on native gifted gamers when he was employed and just some months into his regime he has landed his first in-state dedication. Defenseman Jayson Dobay, who this previous season performed for BC Excessive, introduced his dedication on Twitter final night time:
Quite a lot of sources indicated that Dobay was one of many prime uncommitted blueliners in Massachusetts/New England. It sounds just like the plan for the 5’11”, 165lb Weymouth native is to play subsequent yr at Thayer Academy in Braintree, then play a yr with Cedar Rapids within the USHL earlier than arriving in Amherst in 2018. Dobay is a 1999 beginning yr.
This previous yr for BC Excessive Dobay had 15 objectives and 18 assists in 24 video games and for that was named to the Boston Herald’s Dream Crew. Dobay is reported to be a superb skater with robust offensive abilities.
This text by Jeff Cox of ESPNBoston has a number of attention-grabbing info. Carvel and assistant coach Jared DeMichiel had been recruiting Dobay again once they had been at Saint Lawrence, however the job turned simpler once they landed their roles at UMass. One other consider UMass’ favor is the truth that one of many assistant coaches for BC Excessive is former Minuteman Jordan Advantage. Advantage has been one of many extra lively participant alumni in terms of this system so I’m certain he talked up the college as typically as he may.
A number of constructive opinions of Dobay and his dedication on social media:
Listed below are some video highlights of Dobay from this previous season.
The Frozen Fenway sport, January seventh in opposition to Boston College, is official.
UMass had seven gamers named to the Hockey East All-Educational workforce; Brennan Baxandall, Carmine Buono, Ben Gallacher, Marc Hetnik, Jake Horton, Patrick Lee, Evan Stack, and Alex Wakaluk. Wakaluk earned a spot on the All-Educational All-Star Crew as one of many prime 7 educational achievers within the convention.
It’s free agent season within the NHL and Mike Kostka re-signed with the Ottawa Senators whereas Matt Irwin signed a cope with the Nashville Predators.
It’s additionally improvement camp season. Draftees Ivan Chukarov and William Lagesson are with the Sabres and Oilers camps respectively. Former Minuteman Dennis Kravchenko earned an invitation to the Calgary Flames’ camp.
The Hampshire Gazette had this story on Frank Vatrano’s offseason program which features a native summer season league.