MARLBORO, MA - The B’s college commitment total rose by one recently as scoring machine Conor Garland accepted a full scholarship to play for coach Guy Gadowsky and the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Garland, who spent last season with the Junior Bruins (Empire) team, led them in scoring with a 94 point season (league games only) on 42 goals and 52 assists. When you add in playoffs and non league games his totals jump way past the century mark. That is nothing new for the dynamic forward who has been putting up prolific offensive numbers since his first days with the ’96 Junior Bruins AAA tournament team dating back to 2004. In his first tournament with the B’s, Garland helped lead the team to a 6-0 record and a Repentigny tournament title beating a stacked Montreal Ice Storm team that included elite players such as Daniel Sprong and Alex Tuch. In that game, 8 years ago, in Montreal there were 6 (and the number could rise by a couple more when all is said and done) players that have already made D-1 college commitments.
Garland is always a threat any time he has the puck. Though just 5’6 and 150 lbs this past season., he plays with no
fear, skates in the dirty area’s of the ice, uses his electric stick and puck skills and his creative offensive mind to pile up points in virtually every game he plays.
“Conor, since the first day I saw him play
8 years ago, has been a dominant offensive player,” coach Chris Masters commented. “He is always on the puck, loves to have it on his stick and always makes the smart play. He has a scorers touch, knows how to finish and thinks the game very well. He also has great edges, is allusive and is not someone you enjoy playing against. This past year teams knew how dangerous he was with the puck and would try and take him off his game but you can’t hit what you can’t catch and Conor just knows how to make people miss. He also knows how to get under a teams skin which makes him that much more valuable.”
Garland also played big in big games when it was needed most. He was 3rd in league scoring in the regular season and was tied for 2nd (with teammate Chris Miller) in playoff scoring.
When Garland arrives in Happy Valley, Penn State will be playing in the newly formed Big 10 hockey conference with Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Congrats to Conor and his family!