Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Zach Aston-Reese moving on to the OHL?

Photo courtesy of Brandon Anderson
I ran across an article tonight about Stars forward Zach Aston-Reese, and the decision he will soon make in regards to where he will play hockey next season.  ZAR played 23 games last season for the Stars, scoring 5 points (2g, 3a) along with 4 penalty minutes.  Zach was the youngest (8/10/94 DOB) player on the roster for Lincoln last season.  Despite his young age, Zach had already committed to play collegiate hockey at Brown University.

A few weeks ago, I posted a link to this article, which stated that ZAR was invited to the tryout camp for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.  In my blog article back on 5/15, I mentioned that if ZAR decides to go the major junior (OHL) route, he would forfeit his NCAA collegiate hockey eligibility.  Fast forward to tonight when I stumbled upon this article online, which gives us an update on his playing status for next season.  Here's an excerpt from the article written by Jeff Hicks of TheRecord.com:


The 6-foot-1, 185 pounder could stay on course to play U.S. college hockey for Brown University in the fall of 2012. To do that, he’ll have to rebuff the Rangers and return to the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League this coming season.
The Rangers, who had a look at Aston-Reese during their recent spring camp, want to lure him to the OHL. He wouldn’t report to the Hounds, who made him a 14th-rounder in 2010.
Reese had just two goals and three assists in 25 games for Lincoln, Neb., after spending the first half of the season with New Jersey of the Atlantic junior loop.
“Quiet, yet deceiving,” said Lincoln assistant coach-GM Jimmy McGroarty, rating Aston-Reese. “He doesn’t talk much but he’s a go-getter. And he plays with jam.”
McGroarty says Aston-Reese is smart enough to play centre or wing.
But whether he comes to Kitchener depends on the education package the Rangers can offer his family and representative Darren Ferris. His parents want to know his schooling will be taken care of.
“They said as long as education is covered, I can do what I want.” Aston-Reese said.

So it appears that ZAR and his family have a decision to make.  With the Stars' tryout camp just about one week away, it will be interesting to see if Zach is in attendance. If he is a no-show, it could mean another roster spot available for a forward at tryouts. We'll have to wait and see.

Edit:  Here's another article related to this story.  Click here to read it.

Press release from the Kitchener Rangers website: click here

Second Edit:  I received information today from a very good source close to Zach who stated that he will be in Minneapolis, MN next week for the Stars tryout camp.  He still plans on playing for the Stars next season, and attending Brown University after that.

3 comments:

Yeti said...

I've edited the above article to include another link I found regarding this topic.

Yeti said...

I received information today from a very good source close to Zach who stated that he will be in Minneapolis, MN next week for the Stars tryout camp. He still plans on playing for the Stars next season, and attending Brown University after that.

nutz4puckz said...

Thanks for the updates Yeti. That's good news that Zach is going to be back.