Matthew Price is Mason’s first American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division I commitment as the program prepares to make the transition from Division III next season.
Price comes out of the local youth hockey powerhouse program, Ashburn Xtreme. As captain of the U18-AA team, Price led the Xtreme through the Chesapeake Bay Hockey League (CBHL) Championship and the State Championship to clinch their spot at Nationals. Price, who posted 133 points in 80 games with the U16 team last season, has put up 47 goals and 57 assists for 104 points in 64 games this year.
Price also played for Broad Run High School’s varsity hockey team, posting 39 points in 10 games this season, and received Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League (NVSHL) First Team All-League Selection. Price joins current Mason players Trevor Mack (2013) and Max Campbell (2019) in receiving this honor.
Price is a dynamic offensive talent who was highly sought after by Mason’s coaching staff.
"We are excited to be getting another Ashburn Xtreme product,” said Alex Grose, GMU Assistant Coach and Head of Recruitment. “As a top player in Virginia, Price will now get to play college hockey at a very competitive level without having to postpone going to school to play juniors. Mason is the first Virginia school to have an ACHA Division I program, so we see this as a new and exciting opportunity that has never been available in the past for players who want to stay in state."
"I'm looking forward to playing with an incredibly talented team of players and coaches. I am very excited and honored to soon be a part of the GMU Hockey team" Price said.
George Mason University Hockey is excited to announce their second commitment of the 2020-2021 recruiting class, David Wilf.
Wilf played for the Philadelphia Little Flyers, in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) Premier Division, and the Lower Merion High Varsity Hockey team this past season. In 33 games for the Little Flyers, the defenseman collected 17 points. Wilf put up 58 points in 63 games through his high school career with Lower Merion and was an assistant captain this season.
"David is a hard-working, smooth-skating player, who has a great sense for the game. He has played both forward and defense and can fill in where needed. He will be a great addition to the team for the next four years. His attitude, work ethic and leadership qualities are exactly what we are looking for when we are recruiting players," commented Coach Alex Grose.
Wilf is the second player to commit to George Mason for their first year at the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division I level.
"I'm looking forward to the upcoming season and getting to work with the coaches and all my new teammates. Mason's competitiveness in their league has shown what is expected of their incoming players, and I am motivated to fill that role for them," said Wilf.
Christian Barrett, a Fairfax County native, will be joining GMU Hockey next fall after a great senior year with the Howard Huskies 18U-AA team.
Barrett is a small, fast and skilled forward who is capable of putting the puck in the net. In 57 games for the Huskies this year, Barrett punched in 28 goals and 15 assist for a total of 43 points. The Howard Huskies 18U-AA team won the Maryland state championship this year and received a bid to the USA Hockey Tier II 2A National Championship Tournament. However, the tournament was unfortunately canceled due to coronavirus concerns.
"We like the potential we see in Christian. We see a lot of room for development in his game and his potential to become a top player at the ACHA Division I level," said Coach Alex Grose.
Quinn Alley announced his commitment to George Mason University and will be joining the team’s blue line this fall. Alley most recently played for the Hagerstown Bulldogs U18-AA and Fredrick County High School. An assistant captain on the Bulldogs, Alley put up 10 goals and 19 assists in 58 games. Alley was also co-captain for his high school team, where he had six goals and nine assists in 15 games.
Alley was selected to represent the Bulldogs at the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL) All-Star game last season.
This season, for his performance with his high school team on and off the ice, Alley was selected to the MVHL All-Conference First Team and won the National Hobey Baker Character Builds Excellence Award.
"Quinn Alley is the prime example of the 'modern defenseman.' He is a great skater, moves the puck well and is not afraid to jump into the play. We are very excited to be adding him to the locker room," commented Coach Alex Grose.
“I am most excited to live my childhood dream of playing college hockey and having a great chance to play at Nationals while representing the gold and green," Alley said, when asked what he was looking forward to about joining the team.
Jimmy Zinter, a former USPHL and EHL player, has committed to George Mason Hockey for next year, adding size and skills that will help the team compete in its first season in ACHA Division I.
At 6’5” and 200 pounds, the 21-year-old defenseman comes to Mason with 134 games of junior hockey experience, during which he collected 31 points.
"Jimmy is a big, tough defenseman who plays the game hard and is one of those players that forwards hate to play against,” said Mason Coach Alex Grose. “His maturity and ability to set the tone for the team is going to be a huge addition to our locker room.”
Head Coach Steve Hyjek said Zinter will add to the solid foundation Mason has built over the years and will help in its efforts to be a strong competitor in Division I.
“He brings the skills, the desire to compete and the quality of character we seek in candidates to be a part of our program,” Hyjek said.
A Leesburg, Va., native, Zinter played for Bishop O'Connell High School under Coach Flip Collins, who now also helps scout talent for Mason.
"Jimmy is one of the most determined and driven hockey players I have ever coached,” Collins said. “He will make everyone around him a better player."
Zinter left O’Connell after two years to play junior hockey with the Islanders Hockey Club in the USPHL. After two seasons, he signed with the East Coast Wizards of the EHL. After a season and a half with the Wizards, Zinter finished his junior career with the Seahawks Hockey Club, also in the EHL, due to a trade deadline move.
Grose said that Zinter has always been more of a defensive defenseman, because of his size.
“His decision to play with us is going to give him the chance to develop the offensive aspect of his game and become a force on both sides of the red line," Grose predicted.
Zinter said that Mason’s coaching staff already has made him feel like a part of the family.
“Being part of a top program with great coaches and teammates is what hockey is all about,” Zinter said. “I’m equally excited to study at the GMU School of Business and about the many internship and career opportunities in the capital region.”
George Mason will soon release its 2020-21 game schedule, which will be available at www.gmuicehockey.com.
Patrick Chapman, the highly skilled captain of St. John’s varsity hockey team, will be trading grey and scarlet for green and gold this fall when he joins George Mason University’s hockey team.
Chapman is now the fourth defenseman to commit to what is shaping up to be a dominant blue line next season in ACHA Division I.
“Patrick was one of our most sought after recruits this year,” Head Coach Steve Hyjek said. “We see him as a player who will have an immediate impact on the ice and who will fit in very well as part of our program for the next four years.”
Chapman comes to Mason after a prolific senior year. He led St. John’s College High School to victory in the National Capital Hockey Tournament – known as the “Purple Puck” – as well as the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League (MAPHL) championship game, where the regular season champs lost a nail-biter in overtime to Landon School.
His performance garnered several awards. Chapman was named to the First team All-Conference (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) and First team All-League (MAPHL). The Washington Post selected him for the 2020 Winter All-Met First team for hockey due to his ability to move the puck and the “strong defense and leadership” he provided for St. John’s. (Fun fact: His mom, Scotti O’Connell, was also selected as one of NBC Sports Washington’s Honda Hockey Moms! Watch the video featuring mother and son on Twitter here.)
Chapman also served as captain of Team Maryland U18-AAA.
“I am very excited to join the green and gold and look forward to helping us get a bid at Nationals in this new chapter of Mason hockey,” said Chapman.