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Former Jr. Bruin Roswell enjoying D-I career at Bentley By Joshua Boyd/USPHL.com

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he name certainly gives pause when you see it. Really, who would want to leave a place called Paradise Valley? That is the suburb of Phoenix from which Ethan Roswell hails, and while he loves his hometown, he also has a soft spot for New England winters. “I actually love the winter, and I love Boston - I want to live there after college, wherever my life takes me,” said Roswell, who is a rising sophomore defenseman at NCAA Division I Bentley University. “I also love it in Paradise Valley. The name speaks for itself. I loved growing up here surrounded by family and friends and a great hockey community. “I was a big fish in a small hockey community, but I was able to challenge myself and go out to Boston to be a little fish in a big pond.” Prior to his 2018-19 freshman season at Bentley, Roswell played two seasons for the Boston Jr. Bruins’ top team in the USPHL. His first season was in the USPHL Premier and his second came in the inaugural season of the tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC). “The Jr. Bruins were huge for my development, and I owe a lot of credit to Mike Anderson and Peter Masters,” said Roswell. “They turned me into an NCAA Division I defenseman. It’s one thing to grow up in Arizona and see guys go D-I, but to play against D-I guys every

I proved myself as a Division I defenseman. I got critical day is completely different.” The competition offered up by the USPHL also penalty-kill time and was out there in big minutes. Yeah, the transition was tough, but it ended really well.” played a big part in Roswell’s progression. The Falcons - and the Jr. Bruins before them - got a “Coming out of Cushing Academy, it was definitely a big step for me,” Roswell said. “The top 4-5 teams in truly Arizona-born and -bred product, learning the game the USPHL Premier all had D-I kids, and you know that from his father at a young age. His first exposure to the game was a University of Denif there’s a scout there watching one ver-University of Minnesota exhibiof their incoming prospects, you had tion game in his home state. From a chance to show what you have as there, he played with the Jr. Coyotes well. The NCDC, in my second year, and Arizona Bobcats. saw the Jr. Bruins have 16 NCAA DiThis summer, he’s back in his vision I players. Every one of the top hometown. teams in the league had anywhere “I’m helping my father, who is a from 5-15 D-I players. You could never slack off because there are eyes bookbinder, in his business, both with some of the heavy lifting stuff on you all the time. It taught me to be and social media,” said Roswell. competitive and consistent. “I’m also coaching alongside Mike “Basically, with the Jr. Bruins, I Hensdell in his Hensdell Hockey was able to get my Division I career Camps.” started early.” Someday, Roswell is looking to That helped Roswell get into 24 Paradise Valley native and Bentley UniverBentley games, including top pair sity sophomore defenseman Ethan Roswell move into the big business world, honed his game in the USPHL with the Bosmajoring in either Corporate Finance minutes. He registered four assists ton Jr. Bruins. Photo/USPHL and Accounting or Economics/Finance. as a freshman. “Bentley is primarily a business school – there are not “My game has changed,” said Roswell. “I was more of a power-play/go-to guy with the Jr. Bruins, but when you many non-business majors there,” said Roswell. No matter where he ends up, though, there will alget to be an incoming freshman - and I was the youngest defenseman at Bentley this year - you have to find a role. ways be a lot pulling him back home, especially when The transition was slow early on, but by Christmastime, home is Paradise Valley.

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Outcasts finally capture elusive AIHL Champions Cup ed Quakes in the semifinals, winning by scores of 4-3 in overtime and 6-1, while the Liberty swept the Revolution in two games to advance to the championship series. The Liberty proved it wasn’t going to relinquish its championship so easily after recording a 4-3 win in Game 1 to put the Outcasts one loss away from elimination and another runner-up finish.

game. “We got a lead early on and we’ve always played hile the third time did not prove to be the prowell with a lead, so it only took them to force a couple verbial charm, the fourth time did as the Arizona plays that led to a few more goals for us and handed us Outcasts finally came home with the American Hockey the championship win.” League’s Elite Division Champions Cup trophy. Parker Elliot, the Elite Division’s regular-season It was an epic journey to win it. and playoff Most Valuable Player, led the Outcasts in “It was a great tourney, and the boys had a great tournament scoring with 10 goals and 17 points, foltime bringing back some hardware,” Outcasts delowed by Mooney with 16 points, Paul Linder with fenseman Kyle Mooney said. “We came into the 15 points and Kevin Mooney with 12 points. tournament knowing we had disappointed ourselves Kyle Mooney and Linder paced the Outcasts with the previous years, so we were fired up to win some 11 assists. games.” The Outcasts championship roster also included The Outcasts finished runner-up to the Delco DeAlex Dodt, Shin Yamamoto, Alex MacDonald, mons in 2016, the New Jersey Alliance in 2017 and Trevor Riffey, Taylor Abramson, Tommy Tuohy the Philadelphia Liberty in 2018. and goaltender Clay Taylor. This year it was time to cash in during the May 17Taylor posted a .908 save percentage while al19 tournament held at the Las Vegas Roller Hockey lowing 16 goals in eight games to earn Most ValuCenter. able Goaltender honors. He also took home the MVG The Outcasts, Silicon Valley Quakes and NorCal award during the regular season. Revolution joined the defending champion Liberty in The Outcasts emerged victorious despite facing this year’s Elite Division field. adversity throughout the tournament. The Champions Cup format featured three rounds “Quite a few players were playing through injuof competition. The four teams played a round-robin The Arizona Outcasts finally won what had eluded them over the past ries,” Taylor pointed out. “Alex Dodt pulled a muscle on the first day to seed the best-of-three semifinals several years — the American Inline Hockey League’s Elite Division in his back in round-robin Game 3. Parker Elliot had that took place the second day. The semifinal winners Champions Cup. to get five stitches above his eye after the first period advanced to play a best-of-three championship series But the Arizona team rallied with 8-5 and 5-2 victo- of round-robin Game 2 as he was checked face first on the third and final day of the tournament. ries to win its first national championship in the division. into the dasher boards. Alex MacDonald played through The Outcasts completed the round-robin phase un“Knowing we had to sweep to win the cup, we came food poisoning in the semifinal series but was unable defeated with 5-0 victories against the Revolution and out with guns blazing in Game 2 and forced a Game 3,” to play in the final series. I pulled my groin at the end Liberty and a 6-1 win over the Quakes. Mooney said. “It was a pretty chippy series against the of Game 2 in the finals, but the team played absolutely The Revolution finished second in the round-robin Liberty. As a lot of players on both teams knew each flawless in Game 3 defensively to overcome all the instandings, followed by the Liberty and Quakes. other from playing pro tournaments throughout the year, juries.” The top-seeded Outcasts defeated the fourth-seed- there were a lot of emotions and hard battles during the And finally win the cup. By Phillip Brents

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