Crunch scouted by 9 NCAA schools

January 30, 2016

Cochrane Crunch took a recent trek to northern Minnesota as the lone team from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to participate in a showcase tournament that was hosted by the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

Cochrane emerged from the tournament with two wins in two games and more importantly, Crunch owner-general manager-coach Ryan Leonard told that all seven of his 20-year old, 1995 birth-year players got to meet with representatives from multiple Division 3, National Collegiate Athletic Association schools that were in attendance.

“Joey Mavrin, Seamus Maguire and Dustin Cordeiro along with Brett Young and John Stevenson seemed to impress many schools as lots of interest was shown in them,” revealed Leonard. “Evan Akkerman and Aviv Milner also had some sniffs as some colleges spoke with them.”

Mavrin and Akkerman are defensemen, Young is a goalie and Maguire, Cordeiro, Stevenson and Milner are all forwards.

All together, there were scouts and recruiters from nine Division 3 schools in attendance, according to Leonard.

Leonard noted that the “most-asked about player” from Cochrane was 1996 birth-year forward Hunter Atchison, who leads the NOJHL with 40 goals in 42 games thus far this season.

“The Division 3 schools are all looking for 1995 birth date players and all of them thought for sure that Hunter, being a 1996, must have Division 1 opportunities and while that’s not the case, we are hoping that some Division 1 school really gives him a shot,” Leonard said of Atchison, who leads all Canadian Jr. Hockey League players in scoring.

What you think about “Crunch scouted by 9 NCAA schools”

  1. Very Happy For That Program, And The Hard Working Kids That Make It Up Congrats Boys Well Done ! Also a Big Congratulations To Mr. Leonard and His Hockey Staff ! Nice Job Folks !

  2. Mavrin is the best skater and probably the smartest player on the ice. There is a synergism created when Mavrin steps out.

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