Former Bishop Fenwick star goalie Brad Rocheville has sharpened his game in two years of Junior A hockey, and is now ready to take the next step. The Saugus native is having a great year with the Boston Junior Rangers in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League, and after being recruiting by several schools has committed to play at Division 3 St. Anselm College.
This season, Rocheville has appeared in 19 games with a 10-5-3 record, a 2.50 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. He’s helped the Jr. Rangers already qualify for the playoffs in the AJHL, a 12 team league with teams from seven different states.
The 5 foot-11, 170 pounder blanked the Laconia Leafs this past weekend for his second shutout of the year. The Rangers are 21-11-9 and in fifth place in the league with playoffs beginning this coming weekend.
“It’s been a good year for me, but it’s easy being a goaltender when you have an excellent coaching staff and strong defense,” said Rocheville. “All the guys are great; we’re like brothers. Our goal is to win the President’s Cup, and I think we can do it.”
Rangers head coach Mario Martiniello praised his goalie in a press release: “Brad is a very talented goaltender who’ll be a great addition at St. Anselm. He has a bright future ahead of him, and we couldn’t be happier to see him reach his goal of playing NCAA hockey.”
The Junior A season begins in August, and it didn’t take long for Rocheville to start attracting the attention of college scouts. He had his choice of several colleges, and after making a round of visits decided on St. A’s and a chance to play in the ECAC East.
“Academics were the biggest selling point,” said Rocheville. “I visited the school a couple of times and fell in love with everything about it. I like the location (Manchester, NH), and the campus is beautiful. I’ll get a great education and have the opportunity to play hockey for the next four years in a very competitive league.