By: Mike Davis
Mike Davis is the leader of the Northeastern hockey student section known as “The Doghouse.” He will be a contributor to WRBB Sports throughout the coming season. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @spellinwithmike.
Jim Madigan secured a verbal commitment from one of the top uncommitted forwards in New England after ’99 F Matt DeMelis announced he has chosen to play college hockey at Northeastern. DeMelis is a rising junior at Hingham (MA) High School, where he recently won an MIAA Division 1 State Championship as a sophomore, and was also on the Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team. DeMelis was chosen in the seventh round of the 2015 USHL Futures Draft by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders, the team that both incoming freshman Adam Gaudette and recruit Matt Filipe are affiliated with. A six-foot tall, left-shot forward, DeMelis produced a scoring line of 17-26-46 in 27 games for Hingham High.
Jeff Cox of SB Nation: College Hockey has watched DeMelis extensively while scouting local talent, and had the following to say about his play: “He has a very strong, long stride, but skates a little hunched over. He does a good job keeping the puck on his stick and is a possession-type forward. He has good hands and vision, can weave in and out of traffic, and he can create time and space because of his lateral mobility and stick-handling ability. He had interest from several Hockey East schools.” DeMelis ultimately chose Northeastern over national champion Providence College.
DeMelis will play this upcoming season for the Boston Advantage AAA Midget Team this upcoming season. Congratulations to Matt and his family! You can follow Matt on Twitter at @MattDeMelis. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @NUDoghouse for the most up-to-date information about NU hockey this season.