On the first day that rising high school juniors could commit to play Division 1 college hockey, five players from New York and New Jersey jumped on offers.
Four '06s and one late '05 committed to programs in the Big Ten, Hockey East, and ECAC Hockey.
In the least surprising local announcement of the day, Buffalo Junior Sabres product Alex Bales committed to Providence. The '06 from East Amherst, N.Y., pledged to the Friars coming off a stellar season at Kent School and with the Yale Junior Bulldogs.
Bales had a goal and 10 assists for Kent, helping the Lions win the NEPSAC Martin/Earl Large School Tournament.