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Leah Stecker '22 Commits to Penn State University

By Chris Baer 08/04/2020, 4:45pm EDT

19U Defenseman chooses "Happy Valley"

West Chester, PA – The Jr. Flyers Girls are excited to announce the commitment of 19U Tier I defenseman, Leah Stecker, to Penn State University (2022-23).  PSU plays in the College Hockey America (CHA) Conference of NCAA D-I, along with Mercyhurst, Robert Morris, Syracuse, RIT, and Lindenwood.  Head Coach, Jeff Kampersal, is entering his 4th Season with the Nittany Lions, who play out of Pegula Ice Arena in State College, PA.

Stecker is in her first season with the Jr. Flyers. Prior to joining the Jr. Flyers, the New Jersey-native spent several seasons with the NJ Colonials Girls program.  She also plays high school hockey for Morristown-Beard, where she was named the 2019-20 “ Girls Ice Hockey Player of the Year”.  The Junior defenseman was also selected to represent the Atlantic District in St. Cloud, MN at the 2018 USA Hockey 15 Player Development Camp.

On her decision, Stecker said, “I chose Penn State for the incredible hockey program, the coaching staff, strong academics, and an overall great fit for my personality. I know I will continue to develop as a player and student when I’m in an environment that supports student athletes.”

With her commitment, Stecker becomes the 8th NCAA commit on the current 19U roster.  Congrats, Leah!




Grace Dwyer Commits to Cornell University

By Chris Baer 06/18/2020, 1:15pm EDT

Junior Defenseman makes Ivy League Commitment

West Chester, PA – The Philadelphia Jr. Flyers Girls are pleased to announce the commitment of 19U Defenseman, Grace Dwyer, to Cornell University starting in the Fall of 2022. Dwyer will be joining her sister, Lucy (lacrosse commit), as well as current Jr. Flyers teammate, Alexa Davis, at Cornell. Located in Ithaca NY, the Big Red finished their 2019-20 season as the #1-ranked team in Women’s hockey and Head Coach, Doug Derraugh, was named Coach of the Year.

Dwyer is entering her 4th season with the Jr. Flyers, including a 14U Bronze medal at 2018 Nationals, where she led the tournament in goals.  This past season, the 5’9”, 155-lbs. Wynnewood-native compiled 30 goals, 31 assists, and a +81 rating in 65 games, while leading the team in shots (201) and PP assists (12). 

Jr. Flyers Coach/GM, Chris Baer, said “Gracie is an exceptional young lady – her work ethic, competitiveness, and attention to detail are unmatched. She gets better every day and we are all extremely excited to see what the future holds for her. Watching her develop and mature as a person, player, and leader, has been truly remarkable.” 

Prior to joining the Jr. Flyers, Dwyer began her skating & hockey career at Wissahickon Skating Club before moving on to play 5 seasons with the Valley Forge Minutemen 2004 team. During that time, she also competed at the Brick Invitational for Team Pennsylvania and the PeeWee Quebec Tournament for the Hershey Jr. Bears.

In her statement, Dwyer wrote:

“First of all, I would like to thank my coaches, teammates, friends, and family for all their continued support with my dreams and aspirations. I would like to thank Coach Baer, Coach Restuccia, and Coach Beats (Jr. Flyers). And also, Coach Sutow, Coach Geverd, Coach Tyson, and Coach Porkka (Minutemen). I also want to thank Wissahickon Skating Club, especially my dad and Richie Podulka, for teaching me the game early on and always encouraging me.

I chose Cornell because of its great academics and hockey and lacrosse programs. I felt that it was the best place for me on and off the ice and field. I can’t wait to be a part of Cornell’s school and athletic programs! #GBR”

Congratulations, Gracie! Cornell University Class of 2026.




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The Philadelphia Jr. Flyers Junior team, proud members of the Eastern Hockey League, is pleased to announce that forward Michael Chris has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the Manhattanville College Valiants who are members of the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC). His commitment begins in September 2020.

Chris, 21, played one season with the Jr. Flyers. The North Caldwell, NJ native had four points (2 goals and 2 assists) in 44 regular season games this year.

"I am extremely proud to announce my commitment to play college hockey and further my education at Manhattanville College” stated Chris. “I would like to thank my family for their endless support throughout the years. I would like to thank the Junior Flyers Organization and Coach Jerry Domish for their guidance and support. I also would like to thank my teammates for continuously pushing me and being there for me. Thank you to the Don Bosco Prep Hockey Brotherhood for their commitment and continued support. I would also like to thank Coach Marshall for giving me the opportunity to play for him and be part of the Manhattanville hockey family. Go Valiants!" concluded Chris.

“Mike came to us this year from another program and he improved immensely during the season” stated EHL Jr. Flyers head coach and general manager Jerry Domish. “His hard work, dedication to learning helped him become a much better player and that same passion will make him a great addition to Manhattanville next season. I ‘m very proud of Chris and I wish him the best in the future” concluded Domish.

Manhattanville College is in Purchase, NY. The Valiants’ head coach is Arlen Marshall. This past season the Valiants had a combined 10-13-2 record.

The Philadelphia Jr. Flyers Junior team, proud members of the Eastern Hockey League, is pleased to announce that forward Nick Simsir has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the Nazareth College Golden Flyers who are members of the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC). His commitment begins in September 2020.

Simsir, 20, played one season with the Jr. Flyers. The Haddonfield, NJ native had five points (2 goals and 3 assists) in 21 games this year.

“I am incredibly excited to be able to play hockey at Nazareth” stated Simsir. “I can’t say this would have happened without coach Jerry Domish, who I’ve had the honor of knowing and having his guidance over these past few years. I also would like to thank coach George Roll at Nazareth for giving me the chance to play college hockey. Of course, my parents for doing everything under the sun to give me the best chance to continue playing hockey as well as my younger brother for giving me at home workouts to stay in shape during this quarantine. Finally, I should thank my past coaches and teammates for letting me stay persistent in reaching this goal” concluded Simsir.

“I’m extremely happy about Nick’s commitment” stated Jr. Flyers head coach and general manager Jerry Domish. “He was all set to play here this season when he started to have second thoughts on his ability to get a D3 offer. So, he went to college only to come back and fulfill his dream of playing college hockey. He is extremely talented and has outstanding hockey sense. When his confidence is high there is nothing he cannot accomplish. I know he will be very successful at the next level” concluded Domish.

Nazareth College is in Rochester, NY. The Golden Flyers’ head coach is George Roll. This past season the Golden Flyers had a combined 12-12-3 record.