Bryan Erikson has seen a lot in hockey. The Head Coach of the Northeast Generals has coached plenty of players who profile as talents at the highest level but who do not get an offer from the highest level of the college game. The Generals are producing more and more college-ready players every year. This organization has plenty of draw in Massachusetts, its home state, and the home state of the newest occupant of Division One Hockey, Stonehill.
Stonehill going to play at the Divisin One level is a boon to the Generals and this game in general. Erikson said “Stonehill going D1 is just awesome. I love the trend of teams elevating to division 1. You look at the landscape and there are just so many great players for so few spots. Basketball has 358 D1 teams, football well over 150. Granted there are more players playing that sport but hockey is getting bigger and bigger. Stonehill is a great school that is 25 minutes from our rink. They will be able to select from a ton of talent that plays locally. Really excited for the school and the players that will get an opportunity to play at the division 1 level.”
For this sport to grow, it needs more teams like Stonehill willing to move up and compete. The Easton school will go through a reclassification period like St Thomas, but for players right now that want to go build their legacy and help a team start fresh, there is a new place ready for next season, and one that will have openings for more deserving players to play at the top level, Division One.
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