MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Following the early August opening of recruitment window, Christian Kocsis was one of the most sought after prospects to come off the board in the first wave of verbal commitments, linking himself to the NCAA Division I Hockey East Conference and Providence College.
“I am extremely proud and honored to announce my commitment to play Division 1 hockey at Providence College,” Kocsis said in a Aug. 2nd tweet. “Thank you to my family, friends, and coaches that have helped me along the way!”
Building His Reputation with Honeybaked Hockey Club
This past year, the Middletown, NJ native garnered a reputation as one of the top 2004-born forwards in the country by filling up the score sheet for the top-ranked 15U AAA youth program in the United States, the Honeybaked Hockey Club.
“Christian works hard on the forecheck as he tries to create turnovers. He has strong edges as he is able to protect the puck by cutting back by using his strong hands. He will take the puck to the net to create scoring opportunities by shooting the puck or looking for the open player. He will back check and plays a good game defensively by being in the right position.”NeutralZone.net – Published Aug. 2, 2020 in “2004 Players Begin Making College Commitments”
During a 2019-20 campaign that was abbreviated due to COVID-19, the winger logged 117 points on 56 goals and 61 assists in 69 games, or 1.7 points per game.
With the Detroit-based Honeybaked, Kocsis may have very well been on his way to a second consecutive youth hockey national championship, after capturing the crown a season ago with another revered Michigan outfit in the Little Caesars Hockey Club.
Major Junior Hockey in Store for Kocsis
Now 16-year old, Kocsis isn’t due to report to Providence until the 2023-24 season, but he’ll have some major junior hockey options to choose from before advancing to the collegiate ranks.
Earlier this year Kocsis led a contingent of 20 skaters with ties to New Jersey who were selected in the United States Hockey (USHL) League Entry Draft. The Middletown forward led the way for that group when he take 23rd overall by the Lincoln Stars. Kocsis has also received attention from clubs north of the border, after he was tapped by the Oshawa Generals in the seventh round of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) draft.