Perhaps no player had a bigger breakout performance at last year’s Super 8 hockey tournament than Springfield Cathedral freshman forward Riley Prattson.
The Tolland, Conn. native was a key cog on the Panthers’ vibrant power play and blossomed in the second half of the season to finish fourth on the team in points with 46 (16 G, 30 A).
Last week, Prattson announced his verbal commitment to Providence College via his Twitter account. We caught up with Prattson to talk about his decision:
On choosing PC: “When I was visiting schools, it was overwhelming at first because I would get the same feeling from all of them – that I liked the school, but It didn't give me a definite feeling of if I wanted to go there or not. But when I visited Providence, as soon as I got in the rink and met with the coaches, I got a feeling that I wanted to come to this school. The coaches and I really connected, I got a great feel from the campus, and the combination of great academics and great athletics really sealed the deal on my decision.”
On when he’ll arrive at PC: “As to when I'm targeted to go, we're just going to take it year by year, because in the end I need to keep getting better as a player and hold up my end of the bargain if I want to play college hockey at such a high level.”
On where he fits in PC’s system: “It's kind of hard to tell if my game would fit with the team’s system because systems are always changing as teams develop and get better. But that being said, I feel I would fit well into whatever is thrown at me because adapting to certain conditions and changing aspects of my game is something I feel that I'd be able to do well. So I feel I my game would fit into the Friars’ systems, or I could make it fit.”
On summertime hockey: “For the summer, I've done a tournament with the U-16 Springfield Rifles, the New England player development camp at UNH and the Select 15 National Camp, which I feel is enough for me because no matter how much I miss playing it, it's always good to take a break from playing in the offseason. Other than that just working out with my brother [Cathedral forward Zac], trying to get bigger, stronger and faster. [I’m] also working on my shot and stick-handling, and trying to become a better player.”
On next season at Cathedral: “For every season, my goal as a player is trying to get better. I'm really excited for next season because we have a special team with lots of skill and talent and dedicated players that we're all hoping will all do their part to take us to the Super 8.”
On his Super 8 experience last year: “Personally, I have gained confidence because I have experience with what playoff, Super 8 high school hockey is like. The atmosphere gets more intense and the play gets faster the further you go into the tournament. It's also great to have almost every player on the team returning, because we all know what needs to be done to get to the Super 8 and go deep into the tournament. And we're hoping to do just that.”