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Alumni Spotlight | NCAA Hockey East Conference

 

OTTAWA, ON – Thirteen Central Canada Hockey League alumni played for NCAA Hockey East Conference programs during the 2021-22 season. Below we recap the past seasons for Devon Levi, Grant Hebert, Owen Cole, Adrien Bisson, and Gabriel Carriere.

 

DEVON LEVI (CARLETON PLACE CANADIANS) – NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

PHOTO courtesy Jim Pierce – Northeastern Athletics

The Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC native and former CJHL Player of the Year had a dominant 2021-22 season between the pipes for Northeastern University. The former Team Canada World Junior goaltender posted a 21-10-1 record with a 1.54 GAA, .952 SV%, and 10 shutouts, helping backstop the Huskies to a Conference Title. For his efforts he would be named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award given to the Top Player in all of College Hockey while he would be named the winner of the Mike Richter Award as the Top Collegiate Goaltender and the Tim Taylor Award as the Top Collegiate Rookie. The sky is truly the limit for Levi, who’s NHL playing rights belong to the Buffalo Sabres in which he is surely making a strong case as one of their top prospects and goaltenders of the future. On April 4th, Levi informed the Sabres that he would be retuning to Northeastern for his Junior campaign.

PHOTO courtesy Bryce Colbeth – University of Maine Athletics

GRANT HEBERT (NAVAN GRADS) – UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

The St. Andrews West, ON native and former CCHL leading scorer and MVP while with the Cumberland Grads had a strong Senior season with the University of Maine. After spending his first three seasons of college with Robert Morris University, Hebert would transfer in the summer of 2021 to the prestigious hockey program at Maine where he would make a strong impression. “Whenever you bring in a transfer, you don’t know what you’re getting sometimes. You watch video. But he works way harder than I anticipated. That’s a credit to him,” said Head Coach Ben Barr. “He is a smart player with a good stick.” Hebert would finish the season third in scoring on the Black Bears with 16 points (7G, 9A) in 29 games of action. It is currently undetermined what the future holds for the 6-3, 200lb forward, but he is eligible for one more season of collegiate play. It would also not be shocking to see him playing in the professional ranks very soon.

OWEN COLE (OTTAWA JUNIOR SENATORS) – UMASS LOWELL

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 18: NCAA men’s hockey between UMass Lowell and UMass in the Hockey East Championship semifinal at TD Garden on March 18, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rich Gagnon)

The Dunnville, ON native and former captain and CCHL Champion with the Ottawa Junior Senators had a stellar freshman year with UMass Lowell where he finished second among first year skaters on the club with 10 points (3G, 7A) in 22 contests. The Exercise Science Major was named Most Improved Player on the team at their season-ending awards banquet. Still with a ton of college term remaining, Cole will be a player to keep an eye on over the next few years.

ADRIEN BISSON (OTTAWA JUNIOR SENATORS) – UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

PHOTO courtesy Bryce Colbeth – University of Maine Athletics

The Cornwall, ON native and two-time CCHL Champion with the Ottawa Junior Senators continued his steady progression as a Junior with the University of Maine in 2021-22. The two-way defenseman tied a career-best in Points (7), while setting a new single season best with 4 goals to finish second among team defensemen. On April 18th, it was announced that Bisson would be transferring to Mercyhurst University for the 2022-23 season where he will join fellow CCHL alumni in Cade Townend (Carleton Place), Geoff Kitt (Carleton Place), and Devon Daniels (Ottawa).

GABRIEL CARRIERE (KANATA LASERS) UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

8 October 2021: University of Vermont Catamounts host the Colgate Raiders at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vermont. The Raiders defeated the Catamounts 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Wolfstein Photo 

The Orleans, ON native and former CCHL All-Rookie Team member while with the Kanata Lasers took on a large workload in his Sophomore season with the University of Vermont where he started 24 games. He finished the campaign with a 7-14-2 record with a 2.84 GAA, .906 SV% and 4 Shutouts. He would earn the Tim Thomas Award as the top defensive player with the Catamounts. It is expected for him to continue the heavy workload for UVM heading into his Junior season as he will look to improve on his already strong play. He was recently invited to the Boston Bruins Development Camp.

 

 

YEAR NAME SCHOOL POS GP G A P CCHL TEAM(S)
SO DYLAN PETERSON BOSTON UNIVERSITY F 29 19 9 19 OTTAWA
SR GRANT HEBERT MAINE F 29 7 9 16 NAVAN
FR OWEN COLE UMASS LOWELL F 22 3 7 10 OTTAWA
JR ADRIEN BISSON MAINE D 30 4 3 7 OTTAWA
SR SAM KNOBLAUCH UMASS LOWELL F 19 0 7 7 CARLETON PLACE
JR ERIC FAITH UMASS F 32 2 4 6 BROCKVILLE
SO TRISTAN POISSANT MAINE F 23 0 3 3 CORNWALL
SO DOVAR TINLING VERMONT F 14 1 0 1 HAWKESBURY
JR JOHN COPELAND BOSTON UNIVERSITY F 18 0 1 1 CARLETON PLACE
SO AZZARO TINLING VERMONT F 11 0 0 0 HAWKESBURY
                 
YEAR NAME SCHOOL GP W L GAA SV% CCHL TEAM(S)
SO DEVON LEVI NORTHEASTERN 32 21 10 1.54 .952 CARLETON PLACE
SO GABRIEL CARRIERE VERMONT 23 7 14 2.84 .906 OTTAWA/KANATA
FR COLE HUDSON VERMONT 2 0 0 3.47 .824 ROCKLAND