Union hockey notes: Pontarelli arriving this season; SID Weinstein leaving
I'm back from vacation with a couple of Union hockey notes.
The biggest news is that Cornwall Colts forward Michael Pontarelli, who was originally scheduled to join the Dutchmen next season, will now be coming in this season.
"I'd like to announce that I will be attending Union College in september! So excited to join the 2013-14 freshman class," Pontarelli tweeted Thursday. "I'd like to thank the @CornwallColts organization for everything that they've done for me. In my heart, I'll always be a Colt."
The 19-year-old Pontarelli led the CCHL in scoring with 52 goals and 55 assists. He was a unanimous choice for CCHL MVP and the CCHL Sportsmanship and Ability Award. He was also named the Canadian Junior Hockey League's MVP.
Earlier this summer, Pontarelli announced that he was returning to Cornwall for another season. But with the Dutchmen losing forward Josh Jooris to the Calgary Flames, getting Pontarelli to come in now instead of waiting a year is a huge get for the Dutchmen.
Union is expected to officially announced Pontarelli's arrival on Monday.
-- Union is losing its hockey sports information director.
Jeff Weinstein announced Friday that he has accepted a job as hockey SID of Michigan.
Weinstein spent three seasons at Union. He did a great job, especially putting up with me. Ha Ha. He is a hard worker, and will sorely be missed.
-- John Ronan is the Dutchmen's new volunteer assistant coach, replacing Joel Beal, who became an assistant coach at Sacred Heart. Ronan played college hockey for Maine from 2001-05.
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