The Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are thrilled to announce that Cody Hoban is staying close to home. The 19-year-old Guilford, CT native has officially committed to the Sacred Heart Pioneers and will join up with the team for the spring semester.
“When I was offered the opportunity to attend SHU, it felt like the right fit for me,” Hoban commented. “I’m extremely excited to be a part of their program next semester.”
Hoban is a Connecticut kid through and through. Prior to joining the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks, he was a captain at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, as well as playing junior hockey in New Haven for the Yale Jr. Bulldogs.
He was a leader for the Jr. Hat Tricks, flashing a great deal of skill with his speed and precision. He notched a goal and five assists in six games with Danbury.
“Cody is a dynamic player,” noted head coach Billy McCreary. “Not only does he possess a high hockey IQ, but he has the innate ability to make others around him better. We’re very proud that Cody has earned this opportunity.”
McCreary took great pride in marking this first achievement as a staff; the organization has prioritized growing the junior and collegiate hockey landscape in the state of Connecticut. For the team’s first committed departure to be a home-grown talent staying local is a feather in the cap for the franchise in its first NAHL campaign.
“I’ve been extremely lucky to be in Danbury these last couple of months,” Hoban explained. “The relationships I’ve made and the development I’ve had on and off the ice has been second to none. I can’t thank everyone in Danbury enough.”
“There’s a special group in Danbury,” he continued. “I’ll definitely be keeping track of them the rest of the way.”
The Sacred Heart Pioneers will resume play on January 2nd, 2021 with a home matchup with the Army Black Knights. They have 19 games remaining on their schedule running through the end of February.
“With the current COVID landscape, there’s limited opportunities for players at all levels,” McCreary acknowledged. “This speaks volumes to the quality of individual that Sacred Heart is receiving. We want to wish their program and Cody the best of luck moving forward.”