A pair of New Yorkers who play or previously played in the region made big commitments in recent days. Brunswick and Mid Fairfield left wing Drew DellaSalla (Rye, N.Y.) committed to Harvard while former Mount Saint Charles goaltender Jack Parsons (Ithaca, N.Y.) pledged to Providence.
DellaSalla scored seven goals and 25 assists for 32 points in 30 games played at Brunswick as a sophomore in 2021-22. He had some dominating performances for Mid Fairfield and recently stood out at the USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp and the U17 Five Nations Tournament. He’s one of the most skilled forwards in the `06 birth year in the United States. He chose Harvard over another Beanpot school.
Parsons, widely considered to be the best goaltender in the `06 class, spent the past two seasons at Mount Saint Charles. He’ll be with USA Hockey’s NTDP for the next two before matriculating to the Friars. The Ithaca, N.Y., native went 29-2-1 with a .923 save percentage for Scott Gainey’s 15 Only team at Munt last winter. He has good size and plenty of upside as a potential pro goaltender.
Three Hockey East programs also recently received commitments from international players. Bishop Kearney Selects `06 forward Nicholas Wellenreiter (Hamilton, Ontario) committed to Maine while `05 OJHL forward Cole Cooksey (Toronto, Ontario) chose Merrimack. UMass received a commit from `03 Rogle BK J20 defenseman Sebastian Tornqvist (Everlov, Sweden).