Over one month ago, the Huskies garnered their latest commitment for their pipeline to the future, securing a verbal commitment from 2002-born right-shot forward Nate Hanley, who currently plays for the P.A.L Junior Islanders U16 team in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). Hanley is originally from Rocky Point, NY.
Congratulations to former 6-year Royal Nate Hanley '02 on his #HockeyEast commitment to Northeastern. Nate played Royals hockey from Mite C thru PWs. He was a constant at our Friday Night clinics and started out in our Mini Mites. #royalty👑 @natehanley89 @gonumhockey #ncaa pic.twitter.com/cM35hfBTxK
— LI Royals (@LIRoyalsAAA) February 9, 2018
Hanley has played 24 games this year, racking up 29 points (12 goals) according to EliteProspects. He made the USPHL U16 All-Star Team. He still has room to grow, currently checking in at 5-foot-10, 160 pounds. Being an ’02 forward, there is scarce information on Hanley out there. However, we have collected some tweets and articles that detailed his performance at recent tournaments and his skillset.
02 F Nate Hanley (NU) is a sleek skater with quick wrists who has a knack for finding the scoresheet. He shows confidence and poise with the puck and is quite slippery in traffic. Add yet another to the Huskies’ stable of skilled forwards… https://t.co/pJqWI4F03D
— Mark Bilotta (@mbilotta) February 9, 2018
Furthermore, Jeff Cox of SBNation and New England Hockey Journal profiled Hanley in his recap of two tournaments. Most recently, Hanley was seen at the River Rats Jamboree Labor Day Tournament in September 2017. Cox said that “Hanley should be a good prep player who will be a fringe Division I or high-end Division III prospect down the road.” Previous, he had seen Hanley at World Selects Invitational in May 2017, where he said “He never stood out this much in previous viewings, but he had a nice showing here. He’s strong on his skates and has a quick release. His shot was accurate and he knew where to go to find the puck.”
As I said earlier, there is little information for Nate out there that is accessible to us on the web, but he sounds like someone who can grow into a serviceable player for the Huskies down the road. The best part about this commitment is that since he is so young, we can expect that grow to occur. We project Hanley to arrive in Fall 2021, and you can see our full roster projections HERE.
Congratulations to Nate on joining the Northeastern family! As always, go Huskies!
**Editor note: Sorry that it took so long after this commitment to get the article up. Graduate school got hectic and things fell through the cracks unfortunately. I will strive to be more on top of things as commitments continue to come for the Huskies, the blog and the players I’m attempting to cover deserve that. Thanks for reading.**