The Jersey Hitmen are proud to announce that two-year USPHL Elite forward Colin Reis has committed to Rutgers University, the state university of New Jersey. Reis, an ‘04 native of Chatham, N.J., played in a combined 76 games and posted totals of 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points over regular season and playoff games.
He talked about why he chose Rutgers to continue his career at the ACHA level.
“Rutgers was a place I really saw myself being at for the next four-plus years. It is a great community and thriving with opportunity. More importantly, I noticed hockey. I knew this was a great program led by a great coach like Coach Joe [Dickson]. I think the coaching staff was impressed by my hockey IQ, as personally, I think I process and adapt to the game differently than most players. More importantly though, I think they believe that I can continue to develop into someone who contributes strongly to the success of the team and the program over the next four years,” said Reis.
Reis was extremely satisfied with the two years of player development that he spent with Coach Jim Raymond and the Jersey Hitmen.
“My development with the Hitmen was what I had really hoped for in a junior hockey program. During my two years at the Hitmen, I really progressed as did my hockey skills. My time with the Hitmen made me the player and person that I wanted to be. It was not an easy process at all. My first year there was a big change in the sense of how I played hockey, and being part of juniors hockey. It’s something I had to work hard for and fortunately I was lucky enough to have such a great program like the Hitmen to help me with the process.
“Coach Raymond was a big part of the reason I became a better hockey player and why I came to the Hitmen. He pushed me everyday and at times he was tough on me. He was one of the best coaches I’ve ever had, and I am lucky to have someone like him given me a chance and believe in me.”
The USPHL and Jersey Hitmen congratulate Colin Reis, his family, the Jersey Hitmen and Rutgers University for his commitment.