Xavier Erickson to Finlandia University
The Springfield Pics are proud to announce the commitment of Xavier Erickson to Finlandia University of the NCHA, a proud member of NCAA Division 3 hockey.
Erickson played one season with the Pics, attaining 11 points, scoring 7 goals and 4 assists in 31 games.
Rob Bonneau, Premier Head Coach and General Manager of the Pics was quoted at saying "Xavier came to our team this past season as an age out and had a tremendous training camp but was unfortunately injured before the end. He worked extremely hard to get back in the lineup and scored some very big goals down the stretch. He is a very good skater who can score goals. Every team needs a player like Xavier. We wish him the best at school for the next four seasons and look forward to watching him play in college."
The Pics would like to congratulate Xavier and wish him the best.
The Springfield Pics are proud to announce the commitment of Pics goaltender Sam Zavelson to Central Michigan University, member of the ACHA, Division 2.
Zavelson played in 26 games over two seasons, averaging a 3.74 Goals Against Average, and a Save Percentage of .908. Zavelson also had two shutouts. His career record with the Pics was 13 wins, 7 regulation losses, and 4 overtime losses.
General Manager and Premier squad Head Coach Rob Bonneau was quoted as saying, “Sam was a kid who just showed up at our tryouts we knew nothing him. He made such a great impression at the tryout we had to offer a spot. Sam had a great season where he led our Elite team to the Nationals and was rewarded with a roster spot on the Premier team the following season. Sam was a great teammate, and we wish him the best at Central Michigan.”
Sam Zavelson, when asked for a quote provided the following statement “I am beyond thankful and overjoyed to have the opportunity to further my hockey playing career at the collegiate level at Central Michigan University. With the support and guidance of the strong Springfield PICS coaching staffs led by Coaches Bonneau, Collins, and Sarno’s as well as the excellent group of teammates around me these past two years I am honored to continue to play the sport I love and that has done so much in return for me through the years. I’d like to thank past coaches Petronella, Elkin, Byrne, Patten and more for helping me get to where I am today. I appreciate all they and, of course, my family have done in aiding my arrival here. I am looking forward to this upcoming season under Coach Boyle, as well as my future career at CMU. Fire up Chips!”
College Placement coach John Sarno said “Sam Is a good athletic goalie who always gives the team a chance to win. We are very excited for him next season at Central Michigan, and they’re getting a good reliable recruit.”
The Springfield Pics are proud to announce the commitment of Max Moriarty to Worcester State University. He will be joining Wyatt Friedlander and Matthew Kowal in the incoming class. Moriarty has played in 143 games in his Pics career, garnering 46 goals, and 56 assists.
Moriarty, when asked about his commitment, was quoted saying “I am excited to have the opportunity to play collegiate level hockey next season at Worcester State. I look forward to having a great season. I would like to thank my parents for supporting my hockey career as well as providing me with everything that I needed to succeed. I would also like to thank the Springfield Pics Hockey Organization for helping me improve my skills the past six years. Particularly all my coaches participating in my life on and off the ice. Finally, I would like to give a special thanks to Coach Rob Bonneau for always pushing me to become the better player that I am today, as well as supporting me through all my ups and downs. This opportunity means the world to me, and I’m going to make the absolute most out of it.”
John Sarno, college placement coach was quoted at saying "Max Is a extremely hard-working player who can score goals. He’s been in the Pics organization for the last six years, from U16 to our Premier junior club, and now we are very excited to see him play NCAA hockey next season. A great accomplishment!"
Rob Bonneau, General Manager of the Pics, when asked about Moriarty was quoted saying “Max is a testament to how the Springfield Pics development ladder works. He has played 6 seasons with the Springfield Pics, two at the u16 level, two at the u18 level, and two at the Premier level. He has been a part of a lot of huge wins for the program. Max is a high energy player who is a mismatch for opposing teams to defend. It was a great pleasure to witness Max grow up in the Springfield Pics Program being with us for six seasons. We look forward to watching him play college hockey at Worcester State for the next four seasons.
Kyle Nelson Commits to WNEU
The Springfield Pics are proud to announce the commitment of Kyle Nelson to Western New England University. Nelson, a native of Haddam, CT, has played with the Pics for four seasons. He has scored 11 times and has 36 assists. He has also made an appearance at the NCDC affiliate of the Pics, the Twin City Thunder.
“I’m honored to have the privilege to play college hockey next year. I appreciate all the support and opportunities my family has helped provide me with to achieve my goal of playing at the collegiate level. The time I have spent with the Pics organization has been an amazing experience; I’d like to thank Coach Bonneau and Coach Collins for helping develop me into the player I am today. I’m proud to commit for the next four years at Western New England University to continue my academic and athletic career.” Nelson was quoted when asked about his commitment to the Western New England University Bears.
Kyle’s U16 Head Coach, John Sarno was quoted saying “Kyle is an extraordinarily strong skater who is reliable in the defensive zone and does whatever it takes to help the team win. It was a pleasure coaching him at the u16 level, and watching him progress every season in the Pics organization
Pics General Manager and Premier Head Coach Rob Bonneau was quoted, “I wanted to thank Kyle for the last 4 seasons as member of the Springfield Pics, one at the u16 level, one at u18 level, and the last two seasons of Premier. It was a tremendous privilege to watch Kyle grow throughout his years with the Pics. He does all the little things that never show on the stat sheet but are important to a hockey team. I look forward to watch Kyle the next 4 seasons at WNEU, and on plus side will not have to go too far to watch him play as they play out of the Olympia Ice Center, our home rink. We wish Kyle and his family the best in the future.”