January 4 , 2010
STEVENS MAKES STRONG DEBUT
Makes 19 Saves for Team USA
SIOUX FALLS, SD-More good news for the Junior Bruins as goalie (Empire) Colin Stevens made his Team USA debut on Friday night making 19 saves on 21 shots.
He played the first two periods and left the game with the score tied 2-2. He will be with the US-NTDP U-18 team through the rest of the weekend before rejoining the B's in time for the EJHL Winter Showcase.
Stevens was recently called by the US-NTDP and invited him to join them while the Bruins are on break and play up with the U-18 team. Stevens, whose play during the first half of the season has been off the charts, will fly out to meet the team in Ann Arbor and make a road trip with the team for two league games and then return to East Lansing for a game at Michigan State.
Stevens returns to the Bruins on January 6th and will be back in time for the Eastern Junior Hockey League's Winter Showcase at NESC in Marlboro, MA the weekend of January 8-10.
Stevens, a '93 from Niskayuna, NY is leading the Empire League in virtually every category possible for a goalie. He has 16 wins (1st), 6 shutouts (1st), 1.38 GAA (1st), and a .948 save percentage (1st). His play has not only gotten the attention of the NTDP but also a half dozen colleges who have started recruiting him. It is expected that the list will grow.
When he joins the US team he will be in the company of two players with Bruins' ties. Long time Bruin forward Billy Arnold and former 92 AAA defensemen Kevin Clare are playing for the NTDP.
"Colin has done a great job this year," coach Chris Masters commented, "and he has done it with a lot of changes in his life. Having moved from home, to a new team, a new group of teammates and a new school is a lot for a player to adjust to at times. He has done is seamlessly and has done so logging a ton of minutes for us."
Stevens first came to the Bruins attention when assistant coach Dan Tatar suggested getting him involved in the organizations summer AAA program two years ago. Tatar, while playing and then coaching at Union, worked with Stevens doing private lessons.
Stevens' commitment to the game can not be questioned. Last year, while playing at Albany Academy, he spent the fall season practicing with the B's and making the 2.5 hour ride from the Albany area each week to get extra work in with the team.
With team success comes individual success and the the B's have had a lot of late. With teammates Frankie Vatrano (Boston College) and Stevie Miller (Cornell) making college commitments, features on USAHockey.com (Vatrano) and as many as five players who will be named to the Empire League's All Star game and another 3-4 who will be selected to play in the Future's game there is a lot going on in Bruins land.
Congratulations to Colin.