The NCAA Division I Hockey East Conference announced its Academic All-American list, which featured 184 student-athletes, including former Christian Brothers Academy standout and Shore Conference Player of the Year, Brendan van Riemsdyk.
In his fourth season at the NCAA Division I level and his first with Northeastern University – previously the forward spent three seasons at the University of New Hampshire, the alma mater of his two older brothers and NHL veterans James and Trevor – the Middletown native helped the Huskies to a coveted Beanpot Championship, including the game-winning goal a semifinals meeting with Harvard University.
Prior to reaching the NCAA ranks, van Riemsdyk played junior hockey in the USPHL with the Islanders Hockey Club, where in 2015-16 he registered 53 points (21g, 32a). The previous season he was named the USPHL Rookie of the Year.
A four-year letter winner in high school with Christian Brother Academy, van Riemsdyk was named the 2012-13 Asbury Park Press Shore Conference Player of the Year following a junior campaign in which he scored 21 goals to go with 31 assists, an honor both James and Trevor earned in their time with the Colts.
Other Locals who Landed on the List
- Anthony Del Gaizo, Forward – UMass-Amherst: Before committing to UMAss with his brother, the Del Gaizos were members of the same Muskegon Lumberjacks franchise, where Anthony was named the USHL Player of the Year in his third season at the Tier 1 junior hockey level, a 2017-18 campaign in which he logged 72 points (40g, 32a). Like his brother, Del Gaizo also came up the youth ranks with the New Jersey Rockets organization. Unlike his brother, the forward also took part in NJSIAA competition, where he starred at the high school level with Delbarton, logging 72 points in 85 career games, including two state finals appearances and a 2013 state championship victory over Don Bosco Prep.
- Marc Del Gaizo, Defenseman – UMass-Amherst: The Basking Ridge native and 2019 Nashville Predators draft pick will serve as an assistant captain for the Minutemen when hockey returns in the 2020-21 season. In two season with UMass the defenseman has 44 points (17g, 27a) in 62 games with a +41 rating. Previously Del Gaizo spent two season with the Muskegon Limberjacks of the United States Hockey League (USHL) and led all defensemen with 12 goals in 2017-18. He was a USHL All-Rookie Team selection the year prior. Del Gaizo played his youth hockey with the New Jersey Rockets and was an Eastern Hockey League All-Star in 2015-16. He also starred for Ridge in his lone high school season, notching 49 points (26g, 23a) in 2015-16, earning Courier News Player of the Year honors.
- Troy Kobryn, Goaltender – Merrimack College: In his freshman year at the NCAA level, Kobryn led the Warriors with an .893 save-percentage and a 3.30 goals-against average. Prior to Merrimack, the Hillsborough native split the 2018-19 season with Cedar Rapids Roughriders (USHL) and the Connecticut Jr. Rangers of the USPHL’s National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC). Kobryn was a four-year starter at Delbarton and was named the 2017 State Player of the Year after leading the Green Wave to a 2-1 win over Don Bosco Prep. It was the second straight state title run Kobryn was part of.
- Andrew Petrillo, Defenseman – University of Vermont: Before spending time on the blue line and up front for the Catamounts, the Pompton Plains native spent two years in the USHL with the Youngstown Phantoms and the Central Illinois Flying Aces. Prior to junior hockey, Petrillo was a star in Delbarton’s defensive end, landing State Player of the Year honors in 2016 after leading the Green Wave to a state championship victory over CBA. Petrillo was also part of Delbarton’s 2013 NJSIAA championship run.
- Matt Brown, Forward – UMass-Lowell: The Wood Ridge native was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Month in October when he amassed nine points (3g, 6a), and finished the year with 24 points (6g, 18a) in 33 games for the River Hawks. Before joining UMass-Lowell for the 2019-20 season, Brown was a point-per game player in the USHL with 57 points (30g, 27a) in 57 games for the Des Moines Buccaneers. In 2017-18 he notched 41 points (16g, 25a) in 41 games for the for the Odessa Jackalopes of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Brown is a product of the New Jersey Rockets youth organization, and was named the EHL Rookie of the Year in 2016-17.