Shrewsbury High School alum and Albany Academy PG forward Jack Quinlivan announced his verbal commitment to play college hockey at the University of Maine on Wednesday afternoon.
Quinlivan, a '96, plays for Tom O'Connor's split-season NE Nordiques squad. Quinlivan began to attract the attention of Maine associate head coach Jay Leach at last month's Neponset Valley River Rats Jamboree. Other schools with interest included UMass Lowell and Army.
Quinlivan is a hard-working player who plays the game with an edge. He's a good skater who does a good job maintaining possession of the puck. It will be interesting to see how he transitions from playing Division 3 public school hockey in Massachusetts to the prep level level.
Shrewsbury, coached by Stephen Turnblom, is always one of the top teams in Division 3. The Colonials won the 2014 MIAA Division 3 State Championship.
Quinlivan, who is a good student, will receive a significant academic scholarship to attend school in Orono. He will likely join the Black Bears for the 2016-17 season after his PG year with the Cadets, but could be pushed back to 2017-18.
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