Simsbury, CT – The Connecticut Nighthawks are excited to announce that Karl Wright has made a commitment to play college hockey at The College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth Minnesota. The smooth skating defenseman had a great season, with the Nighthawks, netting 15 goals and adding 15 assists in 44 regular season games. Wright added to his totals with 2 goals and an assist in the Nighthawks two playoff games. Head Coach and GM Brett Tryder said, "Karl has shown that he is ready for college hockey. He may have been the most powerful skater in our league and he has an incredible shot. We were able to use Karl at forward and defense as he proved to be very valuable at both positions. Karl was a leader in our locker room and brought a great deal of maturity to our team. Teams in our league had to prepare for Karl as he was a threat every time that he touched the puck. It has been a pleasure to have coached Karl and we are excited to track his career at St. Scholastica.”
Wright states “Playing for Coach Tryder and the Nighthawks afforded me greater opportunities than I had experienced in my previous years in junior hockey. I had a coach with integrity who put together a team where hard work and good character mattered as much as on-ice proficiency and I had unparalleled access to ice. I was in an organization that respected the sacrifices made by families in supporting their player. As the season progressed, I felt myself grow not just as a player, but also as a person. I am looking forward to getting back in the classroom and to reaching my potential in areas beyond hockey at the College of St. Scholastica, in the great city of Duluth, Minnesota, and playing in the NCHA. I will always look back on my time at the Nighthawks with gratitude.”
Tryder added, “I have known Karl and his family for a few years and I am very happy that he has reached his goal of playing college hockey.”
Simsbury, CT – The Connecticut Nighthawks are proud to announce that Tristan Plummer has made his commitment to Anna Maria College for the fall of 2018. The rugged defenseman from Scarborough, Maine played a year at Bridgton Academy before joining the USPHL. Tristan played 16 games with the Northern Cyclones before moving to the Nighthawks. Plummer played 23 games for the Nighthawks totaling 2 goals and 12 assists. Head Coach and GM Brett Tryder said, "I had my eye on Tristan for a couple of years. He is a physical player with a real passion for the game. He is definitely ready for the next step and I am happy to see him achieve his goal of playing college hockey. Tristan had a lot of interest from college scouts this year. I think that he made a great decision to attend Anna Maria College. He plays a college style game and I am sure that he will play a big part in building the program at Anna Maria.”
Plummer had some comments on his time with the Nighthawks: “I couldn’t speak more highly about the Nighthawks organization. The coach knows what it takes to get to the next level and I wouldn’t be where I am, without him. You need someone behind you that knows the hockey world, and he does. The organization gives you all the tools that you need to succeed, all you need to do is bring your effort. Two practices a day, workouts, video, and affordable housing. The organization does it right.
Tristan is one of many college commitments from the 2017/2018, Nighthawks team. More announcements will follow.
Simsbury, CT – Drew Goupille a top player for the Connecticut Nighthawks, has committed to Anna Maria College for the Fall of 2018. The 6’3” defenseman from Bedford, MI began the season in the OJHL, with the Burlington Cougars and played in 24 games for the Nighthawks. Drew totaled 10 assists, from the blue line. "Drew was a great mid-season pickup for us. He made our defensive core better right away. There is no doubt in my mind that Drew will have a great career at Anna Maria,” said Nighthawks Head Coach and General Manager, Brett Tryder. “Drew was good in all situations for us and provided stability for our younger defensemen. I look forward to seeing him play in college.”
Drew is one of Anna Maria’s many high end commitments for the upcoming season. The first year NCAA Division III program will be coached by David McCauley who has had great success in the junior hockey world and will no doubt have his team competing immediately.
Drew had some reflection on his time in Simsbury. “It was great playing for the Nighthawks. The organization is committed to preparing kids for the college style game. The facilities in Simsbury are great also, you are on the ice all of the time which allows you to get a ton of positional training. That is not the case at all junior programs. It was my favorite season to date and I can’t thank Coach Tryder and Coach Noonan, enough, for getting me to this point. It has always been my dream to play college hockey and those two helped me more than I can say.”
Drew continued “I am very excited to be playing at Anna Maria College, for Coach McCauley. He has a great resume and has placed a huge number of kids in college hockey. I have a strong feeling that he can carry that into the college level. I am very excited to be joining him.”
Drew is one of many college commitments from the 2017/2018, Nighthawks team. More announcements will follow.
Simsbury, CT – The Connecticut Nighthawks are proud to announce that, two year Nighthawk, Jason Diamond, has made his commitment to Becker College for the fall of 2018. The Nighthawks leading scorer had a breakout season and established himself among the league’s elite. Diamond averaged a point per game during the regular season with 23 goals and 21 assists in 44 games. He added a goal and two assists in two playoff games. Head Coach and GM Brett Tryder said, "Jason was our most consistent forward this season. He worked hard and made the most of every practice. He showed that he has the ability to produce while playing responsibly in all three zones. College coaches are looking for guys that play a 200 foot game and Becker will get that with Jason. I am happy for Jason and I believe that Becker College is a perfect fit for him.
Diamond said about his time in Simsbury, “The past two years with the Nighthawks has been unforgettable. I could not have asked for a better group of guys or coaching staff. I have had a great experience in junior hockey and I am looking forward to my next four years at Becker College. Coach Tryder has helped develop me as a player eminently.”
Tryder added, “The Nighthawks staff would like to thank Jason for his loyalty and for representing all that the Nighthawks stand for. I can’t wait to see him at the next level.”
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The CT Nighthawks are pleased to announce the commitment of Tristan Goodwin to Johnson and Wales University located in Providence, RI. "Our organization is very happy for Tristan on his commitment to Johnson and Wales. Tristan has been a key goal scorer for our team this season and has worked extremely hard both on and off the ice to reach his goal of becoming a student athlete at the Collegiate level," states Junior Nighthawks Head Coach Jeff Tory.
Tristan adds "I'm very excited to be playing for Johnson and Wales next year. Thanks to everyone in the Nighthawk organization for everything along the way, glad I could be a part of this first year team and proud of our accomplishments."
Tristan becomes the second player to commit to a college program from the Nighthawks in its inaugural season. The team has several other players on the verge of accepting College offers and look forward to announcing those shortly.