Former EHF Forward Boldy Thrives at All-American Prospects Game
September 24, 2018
Former Boston Jr. Eagle and Providence Hockey Club forward Matt Boldy earned Player of the Game honors at the 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.
By Matt LaRochelle / FedHockey.com
Former Boston Jr. Eagle and Providence Hockey Club forward Matt Boldy was chosen amongst 42 of the best American-born prospects as Player of the Game of the 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Wednesday night in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Millis, Mass., native tallied three points (2G, 1A) for Team Langenbrunner in their victory over Team Leopold, 6-4.
Boldy scored his first goal just 1:22 into the second period, when he found the rebound off of an Alex Turcotte slapshot and sent the puck into the net to give Team Langenbrunner a 2-1 lead. Team Leopold would then take control of the game late in the second period, setting the stage for Boldy and Team Langenbrunner to make a comeback
Trailing by a goal, 4-3, with 1:17 remaining in the game, Boldy ripped one from the slot and netted his second goal to tie the game at 4-4. Seconds later, Boldy registered his only assist, as former Mid-Fairfield Ranger forward Trevor Zegras scored the game-winning goal for Team Langenbrunner.
Boldy, who is committed to Boston College, spent several years playing in the EHF system. For some, his performance at the All-American Prospects Game was all-too familiar.
“It was a big statement,” stated Boston Jr. Eagles Director John Joyce, who coached during Boldy’s two years with the organization. “He looked like the best forward on the ice.”
Joyce praised a number of factors in Boldy’s performance: his confidence on the ice, puck awareness, speed, and his ability to complement other forwards.
“He has really grown into his body,” said Joyce.
Upon reflection on Boldy’s time in the EHF, Joyce noted the major strides Boldy made as he solidified his status as an impact player.
“He was always at a high level and played at his own pace. By the time he was 16, he became a completely different player; confident, really strong on the stick, and was rarely losing puck battles. He was elevating into something truly great.”
As Joyce further explained, Boldy’s skillset is matched by the sportsmanship he displays, an important area promoted across the Eastern Hockey Federation.
“Matt is going into [Boston College] a humble and confident kid. As coaches, it’s our responsibility to not only develop kids into skilled players on the ice, but to cultivate an environment that will grow them into responsible and respectful individuals.”
After the impressive showing in St. Paul, the sky seems to be the limit for the young prospect. But to many, this is hopefully the first of many well-deserved accolades in a long career of ice hockey.
“This couldn’t have happened to a more respectful kid,” stated Joyce.