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NEWPORTâLast week, North Country senior Ross DeLaBruere took the next step in his hockey career by signing a contract to play with New Hampshire Junior Monarchs of the Eastern Hockey League during the 2014-2015 hockey season.
Ryan Frew, the Monarchs' head coach and general manager who saw Ross and Ryan Paul skate with his program back in March, and again in April at showcase in Pittsburgh where he coached the pair, is delighted with the signing.
"We are excited to have Ross join our program," said Frew. "Ross has a scorer's touch and generates offense. Kids like that tend to find the net at any level."
DeLaBruere got the offer to join the team a few days after he returned from Pittsburgh, and sent in his signed contract this past Monday.
Ross knows what a great opportunity this is for him, and he ready to put in the hard work necessary to be prepared for the upcoming season.
"I am definitely going to have to work hard because obviously playing time is not guaranteed," said DeLaBruere. "I am kind of going there as one of the lower players on the totem pole and am going to have work my way up."
Frew spoke about the transition that DeLaBruere will have to make, saying, "It will be a big adjustment and there will be a gap which we will discuss, but I am confident that he will be a success."
When asked if he had any idea where Ross will fit into the line up, Frew replied,"He will be one of twenty-five guys in the locker room. All of the players do something well and bring something to the table."
As for where Ross will live when he heads down to Hooksett, home of the Monarchs' home rink the Tri-Town Ice Arena, he will be paired with a host family that he will reside with during the season in a process called billeting.
The other option would have been for him to rent an apartment and live on his own, but he prefers the idea of living with a family in his first year out of high school.
For now Ross plans on working out with his former teammate Adam Viens, and will be on the ice with his new team for the first time the weekend of May 16 when they participate in an EHL showcase.
He will play a few more showcases over the summer and then will report to the team in late August for training camp.
For more information on the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs, or to keep up with how Ross is doing next season, you can go to www.nhjrmonarchs.com or follow them on twitter at @nhjrmonarchs.