Cypress native, Jr. Kings grad Christy commits to NCAA Division III University of New England
The Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that Top Prospects forward Jared Christy has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for the University of New England.
Christy, 21, spent the better part of two seasons in the NAHL playing 79 total regular-season games between the Odessa Jackalopes and Bruins.
While in Austin, the Cypress native registered 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 21 games. Combined with his previous totals from Odessa (17 goals, 20 assists), Christy finished with 50 points in 2018-19 and ranked second on the Bruins in that category.
The Los Angeles Jr. Kings graduate was also selected to and played in the 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the South Division team.
“The NAHL is one of the best junior hockey leagues to play in, and me playing in two different divisions really taught me a lot of things and improved my game in a big way,” Christy said. “Austin is a great place to play junior hockey. I had a blast in that town for the four months I was there. Not only were my teammates and coaches amazing, but the fans and community were welcoming and caring.”
Traded from Odessa at the end of January with Kyle Herbster, Christy got the chance to see the town of Austin’s community involvement right away. His first home game with his new team was the Bruins’ heralded Paint the Rink Pink game, a game in which he scored two crucial goals and helped pave the way for a Bruins overtime win in front of a sold-out crowd.
“Jared came to us at the end of January and played hard for the Bruins from the moment he got here,” Austin head coach Steve Howard said. “We wish him the best of luck at the University of New England, and we know that he will be a quality hockey player and person for the school.”
With Christy’s commitment, all of the players who finished their final junior season with the Bruins have announced their intentions for collegiate hockey. including Christy, Lane Krenzen (Denver), Terry Ryder (Adrian), Huntington Beach native Dante Zapata (Utica), Andy Willis (St. Thomas), and Herbster (Milwaukee School of Engineering).
“I will continue to become a better person on and off the ice at the University of New England,” said Christy. “And I will take everything that I learned in my couple years in junior hockey to college and beyond.”
(June 13, 2019)