Below is both press releases on the Commitment’s of Austin Azurdia(UConn) and Thomas Nitsche(Colgate):
For Immediate Release
AZURDIA HEADING TO UCONN
Township of Langley, BC, Wednesday, October 17, 2012: The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey Club is pleased to announce the commitment of Austin Azurdia (1993 born) to the University of Connecticut for 2013.
Azurdia is off to a fantastic start to his first BCHL season. He currently is tied for the team lead in points with 12 and leads the team with 7 goals.
“As an organization we are extremely excited for Austin, he is just starting to realize his potential as a hockey player and UConn recognized that and were there at the right time and the pieces fell into place for them,” said Associate Head Coach Jordan Emmerson.
The UConn Huskies are a division one team that play in the NCAA and are a member of Atlantic Hockey. They are an up and coming program that is starting to get a lot of financial backing from the school to boot,
“They just got full 18 athletic scholarships and were a walk on school before this and they are now able to recruit to different type of hockey players and are moving to the Hockey East division in 2014/2015, which is one of the best conferences in college hockey,” Emmerson said.
Azurdia has become famous around the hockey world after his highlight reel goal he scored against Prince George on October 7th. His spectacular buzzer beating goal has gone viral across North America with it appearing on major media channels such as Global News, TSN, Sportsnet, ESPN, and CNN. It currently has over 90,000 hits on YouTube.
“The goal showed his skill, compete, and the type of will that he has, it was absolutely phenomenal,” Emmerson stated.
For Immediate Release
NITSCHE OFF TO COLGATE
Township of Langley, BC, Wednesday, October 17, 2012: The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey Club is pleased to announce the commitment of Thomas Nitsche (1992 born) to Colgate Univerisity for 2013.
Nitsche was named the second captain in Langley Rivermen history in the summer and this season he has registered one goal and one assist through 11 games. Nitsche fielded many offers from different schools in the past two seasons, but decided Colgate would be the best route for him,
“We are excited for Thomas, he had a couple of offers last season, but they did not work out the way he wanted it to. If he goes to Colgate and performs like we know he can, we believe he is going to play on TV some day and might be a pro,” Emmerson said about his captain.
Colgate University is located in Hamilton, New York with the Men’s hockey team playing division one out of the ECAC. When asked to describe Nitsche as a player, Coach Emmerson was quick to point out he brings a lot to the table,
“He is a hard, skilled, physical defenseman that is tough to play against and that makes life miserable for opposing forwards on a nightly basis, we could not be happier for him and we believe he will have a bright future”.
With the two commitments in the past week, the Rivermen now have a total of six players that have signed to a college or university. (Bo Pellah-Penn State, Logan Smith-Holy Cross, Evan Campbell-UMass-Lowell, Austin Azurdia-UConn, Thomas Nitsche-Colgate, and Viktor Dombrovskiy-Yale)
Thoughts: Both of these players are deserving of these scholarships. Nitsche has been striving for this for two seasons now and his strong play this season has not gone un-noticed. Azurdia has been a fantastic addition and one of the more consistent players since the start of the season. Both will have bright futures in the game I am sure of it.