Noah Heinrich and JR Ashmead have both announced their commitment to different institutes this week.
Heinrich made the statement on Sunday, October 16th, and is headed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The 05 born defensemen said he was honoured to have committed to such a great organization.
“The Pontiacs have played a huge role in my development as a player. My teammates and coaches are always pushing me to do my best and teaching me different skills while still helping me refine the skills I already have. They have shown me the discipline and hard work that it takes to get to the next level”.
Associate General Manager Chad Nelson said they are excited for Noah and the Heinrich family on his commitment to play hockey at RPI
“We believe Noah has such a bright future; this is just another step in that direction. Having known Noah and the family for many years even prior to coming to the Pontiacs, I am personally proud and excited for what the future holds. We know he will be in great hands in the future led by Coach Smith and the staff at RPI”.
Heinrich is the first Pontiac player to commit to RPI.
JR Ashmead announced his commitment to Merrimack College on October 18th.
The Calgary native has played 46 games with the Pontiacs last year and took part in 13 games back in the 2020-21. Ashmead is the Pontiacs’ 6th player on Merrimack College’s team and says being a Pontiac made him realize this transition was possible.
“I owe Chad and everybody here in the Pontiac family a huge thank you. [Rick] Swan took me in as a 17-year-old so I owe a lot to him as well. I will always be a Pontiac”.
Associate General Manager Neil Langridge noted “It’s great to see JR secure a commitment to such a great program like Merrimack College. For the past three seasons, we have had the pleasure of working with JR to help him achieve his goals and dreams. JR is the type of player that comes to the rink to get better every day and he takes full advantage of all the amenities and facilities we provide our players. JR is a great example of a player that put his trust in the Pontiacs Organization and has been rewarded for it”.
Associate General Manager Chad Nelson also chimed in “we are extremely proud of JR accepting to play hockey and get an education at a prestigious school in Merrimack. It has been a long time since we have had a player commit to a Hockey East school and we are excited for JR to receive that opportunity”.
The Division I Merrimack College Warriors are based in North Andover, MA and play in the Hockey East Conference.