Brenden Meyer commits to Penn State ACHA
The Springfield Pics are proud to announce the commitment of 2019-2020 season player Brenden Meyer to the Penn State University ACHA D2 team. Brenden has played with the Pics for his entire teenage career, playing up at the U16 level at the age of 13. He is a member of the 100-point club.
“I really have a lot to be thankful for. I am first, thankful for the overall structure of the Pics organization. I came in at 14 to play U16 under the Sarno’s, and that’s where I got to see my creative side of the game flourish. For u18 under Coach Bonneau, I was allowed to implement my creativity with the hard work style of Bonneau, and it got me the exposure I needed being selected to the league All-Stars. The jump to Premier, as an 18-year-old high school senior, forced me to make the right decision more often and faster if I wanted to see the ice due to how competitive the league was, but also how competitive it was to be put on the game sheet. The drive and attention to detail the Pics instilled upon me was a huge factor on my ability to roster for Penn State this season.” Meyer said in a statement regarding his commitment.
Pics General Manager, Rob Bonneau was quoted at saying “I was extremely proud to hear Brenden made Penn State ACHA Team. I had the opportunity to watch Brenden grow up in our program with stops at all levels we had to offer him. He always was extremely offensive for a defenseman, but it was his commitment to the defensive side of the puck was the reason he was able to move onto the next level. We wish Brenden the best of luck in the future.”
Meyer had to compete against 70 new skaters from all levels of play during tryouts. He was selected amongst 12 new players, 4 defensemen, 6 forwards, and 2 goaltenders.
Meyer joins USPHL Alumni Joshua Ferry from the Pittsburgh Vengeance.
The Pics wish to congratulate Meyer and wish him success at Penn State.
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.”
The Springfield Pics are proud to announce the commitment of Pics goaltender Wyatt Friedlander to Worcester State University for the 2021-2022 season. He retains one more year of junior hockey eligibility.
Wyatt posted an impressive 13 - 5 - 1 - 1 record, with only allowing 53 goals, finishing the season with a 2.65 Goals Against Average, and a .925 save percentage.
Rob Bonneau, General Manger and Premier Head Coach was quoted at saying "Wyatt came to us from Bridgton Academy and Northwood Prep and it was extremely exciting to see him to develop into one of the top goalies in the Premier Division. Every time he was in the net, he gave our team a chance to win. Wyatt still has a season of Junior hockey eligibility, but is ready to play in college. We look forward to watching him help Worcester state win hockey games.
"I am extremely honored to be able to play collegiate level hockey next year at Worcester State University. I appreciate Coach Bonneau and Coach Collins for everything that they have done this year. In spite of the pandemic, the coaches were able to make this year special and schedule many games. My billet family, the Fosters, made this year of Juniors even more amazing. I'm lucky that my mother and Aunt always supported and believed in me. I am grateful to have been a part of the Pics organization and to have learned from my teammates and goalie partner. I love the game of hockey and am honored that I can continue to play at the collegiate level. I'm excited to be playing for Coach Bonneau's previous coach, Coach Deraney, and carrying on the pics legacy at WSU." Friedlander was quoted when asked about his commitment.
The Pics would like to congratulate Wyatt and wish him well in his hockey career.
Cookson to Fitchburg State University
West Springfield, MA (2.2021) The Springfield PICS are proud to announce that the 2000 born forward Oliver Cookson has committed to Fitchburg State University for the fall. A native of Sheffield, MA the 6’2 20-year-old Cookson has 15 goals and 21 assists in 39 season games. The Fitchburg State University Falcons play in the MASCAC under NCAA Division 3.
“Oliver is a 200-foot hockey player. He goes hard to the net and can create offensive opportunities in small areas. His tremendous work ethic and leadership will make him an excellent Falcon.” Fitchburg State University coach Dean Fuller said in a statement.
“Oliver has done everything we have asked of him. He plays in all key situations for our team. He came to us after playing four seasons at Berkshire Academy for his final year of junior eligibility. Not only if Oliver our leading scorer, it’s what he does everyday that makes him a special player. We look forward to watch Oliver play the next four years at Fitchburg state with other Pics alumni.” Pics General Manager Rob Bonneau was quoted.
College Development Coach John Sarno was quoted saying “Oliver is a well-rounded player with exceptionally good hockey IQ. He is strong on his feet and the puck. He is going to be an excellent addition to a very strong Fitchburg State hockey program”
“I’m beyond grateful to continue my hockey career. This would not be possible without the sacrifices from many others. I want to thank my parents for always believing in me. I also want to thank all of my coaches who’ve shaped me into the player and person I’ve become. I would like to thank my teammates throughout the years for pushing me to be better and making the game special. Lastly, I would like to thank the Springfield Pics organization. Coach Bonneau and Coach Collins have put so much into our team that makes it special to play for the Pics, and for that, thank you.” Oliver Cookson made in a written statement.
Cookson joins Pics alumni Josh Miller and Gene Bouthiette onto the Falcons roster.
Reynolds commits to St. Anslem College
West Springfield, MA (2.2021) The Springfield PICS are proud to announce that the 2000 born forward Chase Reynolds has committed to St. Anslem College for the fall. A native of Middletown, CT the 5’10 20-year-old Reynolds has 28 goals and 55 assists in 143 season games. The St. Anselm Hawks play in the Northeast-10 Hockey Division II conference.
“I was impressed with Chase the first time I saw him play. He competes in all three zones and hunts any loose puck. He goes to the net hard and has a quick release. I like players that are captains and when he came to campus for a visit you could tell he is a character young man. Looking forward to seeing Chase in a Hawk jersey over the next four years.” Hawks Head Coach Larry Rocha was quoted in a statement
“Chase is the hardest working player on the ice every night. It was a pleasure to watch his development these past four seasons, two with our U18 squad, and two with our Premier club. He was a captain for the last three seasons and could one day be a captain of the Hawks. He is going to have a great career and I look forward to watching him play in college. We are looking forward to developing a pipeline to St. Anselm College.” Pics General Manager Rob Bonneau was quoted about Reynolds.
College Development Coach John Sarno was quoted at saying “Chase is a powerful skater who plays an exceptionally reliable game in all three zones. He is a guy you want on your team and in your locker room.”
Chase Reynolds was asked about his feelings, and he responded via e-mail with the following statement. “This is a dream come true for me. I’ve been watching NCAA hockey ever since I can remember, and this is huge milestone. I’d like to thank my parents for always believing in me, I owe a lot of my success to them. Most importantly, I would like to thank the Springfield Pics organization. Coach Bonneau and Coach Collins have not only showed me how to be a better hockey player, but a better person as well. I’m looking forward to our playoff push in my last season of juniors and the next four years of college hockey at St. Anselm’s.”
CASEY STURGEON TO POST
The Springfield Pics, proud members of the USPHL, proudly announce the college commitment of Casey Sturgeon to Post University, joining Pics alumni John Arcisewski.
The Springfield Pics are proud to announcement the commitment of Matus Hadusovsky to the American International College Yellow Jackets. Matus will play next year in the NCDC with the affiliate of the Springfield Pics, the Twin City Thunder of the Lewiston/Auburn region of Maine.