Patrick Feeley, the 6’7, 220lb goaltender from Winthrop, MA that sparked a late season run for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs has been offered a spot in the locker room with the University of Vermont Catamounts for the upcoming season. Feeley marks the 5th Jr. Monarch from last years team to ink a deal with a Division I hockey club. He stole the show shortly after joining the Monarchs on January 1st. The Jr. Monarchs signed free agent Feeley after their starting goaltender David Jacobson was promoted to the United States Hockey League (USHL), leaving a vacancy in the Monarchs net. The ‘Narchs bold move to bring Feeley in after his release by both the Portland Junior Pirates and South Shore Kings of the Eastern Junior Hockey League paid huge dividends as Patrick silenced any of his critics by winning 10 of 11 starts and posting a 1.74GAA during that stretch, and finishing the year with a .922 SV%.
Monarchs Head Coach Ryan Frew commented about Feeley’s recent commitment, “We are proud of the work we did for Patrick, and equally proud of Patrick for the work he did with us. Coach Golden played a key role in bringing him in and helping to facilitate his deal to UVM and certainly deserves some credit. Patrick came to us looking for an opportunity and a chance to get comfortable, he believed in himself and wanted to show people his ability. He made the most of his opportunity and was a major reason that we had the success that we did down the stretch. He ran away with the team MVP recognition. At his size he has the frame and build for a pro net. His work ethic and commitment level are commendable. This is a smart kid we are talking about. He will more than excel in the classroom. I look forward to keeping an eye on the ‘Cats…and hope he gets a similar shot there as he did with us at some point in his career.”
Patrick said this about his experience with the Jr. Monarchs, “I am so grateful for the opportunity that the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs have given me this year. The Monarchs gave me a legitimate opportunity to showcase my abilities and they are solely responsible for my college placement next season. The Monarchs have two of the best hockey minds in the league in Coach Frew and Coach Golden. Not only do they offer great guidance on the ice, but they also stay very close with the team and offer great off the ice leadership as well. They have a good pulse on what’s going on. The organization has offered me the chance to compete at the highest collegiate level next season and I am anxiously anticipating the opportunity to represent the Monarchs going forward in my career. I would also like to thank my family for the continued support they have showed me throughout the entirety of this process.”
Frew also added this, “Patrick is the perfect example of why you don’t give up on your dreams. He exemplifies what it is to keep pushing for a “yes”, when it seems like everyone is saying “no”. This kid is as mature of a player that has ever sat in one of my locker rooms. He conducts himself like a professional. We are very happy that he realized his dreams, under our guidance and tutelage. It is very rewarding when good things happen to good people. I am proud of his accomplishments and am really pulling for him to be successful in college, I know he will be…not only in hockey but more importantly-in life.”
The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs would like to congratulate the entire Feeley family. With the support of his father Patrick Sr., Nancy his mom and 3 siblings Samantha, Daniel and Mathew, Patrick has been able to achieve every hockey players dream, playing Division I. From the Monarchs family to yours…Job well done.