When we talk about giving more players exposure at the Division One level, teams moving up, what does that look like?
Well meet Dylan Ghamei, the first Division One Commit to Stonehill. He is a 6’5” goalie who plays a smart but quiet game, and will need to keep Stonehill in a lot of games as did Peter Thome for St Thomas this past season. The Fairport, New York native has been interested in Stonehill for awhile, and this week things were finalized that allowed his commitment to the new Division One school to be a reality. Throughout this interview Ghamei was effusive with praise for his advisor, and his family for helping him navigate a unique past few years.
Of playing Division One Hockey, keep this quote in mind from Ghamei as there are many players like him that are and will benefit from the expansion of the sport at its highest level. “It means the world. I started playing hockey when I was 7 years old and for the last 13 years my goal was to play at the division 1 level. Makes me feel amazing to prove the people that believed in me right.”
Ghamei is a big goalie who has always been interested in Stonehill. Once he is done with playing hockey he wants to be a lawyer. He hopes to figure out what area of law he wants to practice in at Stonehill. He will major in criminology.
As for his dedication, Ghamei has done a lot and is far more than his stat sheet. He has battled through injury and dealt with Covid 19 and strep throat among other things.
As Dylan said “ I received the offer and committed while in the hospital with covid and strep throat half conscious with a 104 fever.” Ghamei has been through a lot and credits the coaching staff lead by David Borges for “just being worried about me as an athlete.”
Ghamei credits the work he did during the pandemic marred Covid 19 season where the ripple effect of leagues not playing or shortening schedules hurt the chance at development for him and thousands more. Ghamei still worked to get better, and said “During the covid season that obviously never ended up starting for me I moved to denver with some extended family and ended up meeting one of the most influential people in my hockey career. The guys at MHH goaltending. During those 7 months I trained with them my game was transformed completely. Matt Zaba, Jake Larson, and the rest of the staff really took me under there wing and I can say I’d be nowhere near the goalie I am today without the help of them.”
Ghamei also added of MHH Goaltending “ Just the training they had me doing, lot of guys nowadays are “influencer goalie coaches”. They didn’t try to change my game at all they worked with me to perfect my game and be the best version of me possible.”
Now that best version, Ghamei will get an education, and be a part of a new chapter in the proud history of Stonehill. When people want to see where Division One Men’s Hockey at Stonehill started, Dylan, because of his persistence and desire to get better on his own path, will be a big part of that answer.
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