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NCDC 2022-23 Team Preview: Islanders Hockey Club

By USPHL 09/12/2022, 10:00pm EDT

The very first champions of the National Collegiate Development Conference, the Islanders Hockey Club are looking for a rise back to prominence for both the team and its players, always pushing for NCAA Division I careers.

“We’re very optimistic about this year’s team. We have a good combination of younger and older players, along with guys in the middle birth years. I’m very pleased with just how quickly everyone is coming together as a team and building a very healthy culture,” said Tim Kyrkostas, entering his fourth season at the helm of the NCDC squad. “The players are understanding our systems, and buying in and doing the right things each and every day. No one is cutting corners.”

The Islanders of 2021-22 had a rare down year for an organization that had made playoffs their first four seasons, including capturing the Dineen Cup in 2017-18. Aside from standings, however, the Islanders continued to foster NCAA Division I talent, including Brown University recruit Aaron Schwartz and, in a smaller role on the NCDC team, RPI commit Jackson Kyrkostas.

The Islanders look to add to their NCAA Division I list with ‘04 blueliner Elijah Brown, a 2020 Futures Draft Pick who has already been on college visit.

“Elijah is a very promising defenseman and he is doing great in a leadership role,” said Kyrkostas. “He and Patrick Sommerville, already an NCAA recruit, began organizing and running team bonding activities right from the start. Both will wear the ‘C’ for the Islanders this year.”

Somerville is entering his third season with the NCDC and fourth overall with the Islanders. A former member of the 16U IHC squad, he helped that team capture the 2018-19 USPHL 16U National Championship. Somerville, at 60 regular season games played, is just outside the Islanders’ Top 10 all time in NCDC games played.

Additionally returning are defenseman Sam Nichols, an ‘02 defenseman, and ‘02 goaltender Connor Strobel. He will be the likely starter for the season, according to Kyrkostas.

In terms of newcomers, 2005-born Brayton Frick is living up to the expectations of being the No. 1 overall NCDC Entry Draft selection this past spring.

“He is very consistent with his work ethic and plays a 200-foot game,” said Kyrkostas. “We’re high on him and NCAA Division I colleges will be high on him as well.”

The Islanders recruited heavily overseas as well, and are excited about players such as Emil Kivisto (‘03) and Wilhelm Patriksson (‘02), who finished first and second with the Nacka J20 team in their native country of Sweden.

“Elias Hornquist, Daniel Stjernqvist and Karl Lemon are three good strong defensemen, all with college potential,” added Kyrkostas, about his quintet of Swedish imports.

While keeping a global eye open in terms of recruitment of players, the Islanders are also very proud of their homegrown talent. Along with Sommerville,, the team has ‘04 forward Braxton Powers, who completed a season with the USPHL 18U squad last year after being a 2020 Futures Draft pick and will now make the jump to the NCDC.

Trevor Castino, an ‘03 from Woodland Hills, Calif., hasn’t played in the USPHL as of yet, but did compete for the Islanders’ split-season 18U squad last year prior to his season at New Hampton School. He will be a dynamic center coming onto the NCDC team.

All of these players will help steer the Islanders in an extremely tightly packed North Division, where the top four (playoff) spots were separated by nine points, and the difference between a playoff spot and out of the playoffs was six points. Every win is crucial because of how the dust can settle in the end.

“It’ll be another year of being a very fast, skilled and younger division and league overall,” said Kyrkostas. “We have great team speed and great team skill. We’ll be a hard team to play against.”

NCDC - July Main Camp Info Announced!

By Staff 04/14/2022, 6:00pm EDT

@ Skate 3 - Tyngsboro, MA

NCDC Head Coach Tim Kyrkostas announces the first of three camps for the 2022-23 NCDC team.  The first will be an Open Camp taking place April 30th and May 1st at Merrimack College.  The second camp will Main Camp - Phase 1 which will be a  tryout format for players to move on to Phase 2 of Main camp which will be part of the USPHL Summer Showcase.   Main camp Phase 1 will take place on  July 12th - 14th at Skate 3 ice Arena, Tyngsboro, MA.   The players moving on to Phase 2 will take part in the Summer Showcase at New England Sports Center July15-17th.

All players interested  should contact NCDC Head Coach Tim Kyrkostas at timk@ihc.hockey .

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Kyrkostas Commits to Rensselaer

By Staff 04/14/2022, 11:45am EDT

Jackson Kyrkostas knows what it is like to be a winner. He went down to the USPHL Midget Championships in York, Pa., and his team faced tough opposition all the way through - but in the end, it was Jackson and his teammates holding the Championship banner for the USPHL 16U Division. 

He’s hoping that he can bring that championship-winning magic in the future to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as he has committed to RPI for NCAA Division I hockey. He started talking to RPI last season while with the Islanders' USPHL 16U squad, coached by his father Tim Kyrkostas, who is also the Islanders’ NCDC Head Coach. 

“I began talking to RPI back in the early months of 2021. The coaches liked a lot about my game, thought I was a great playmaker with good IQ and skill, and that I loved to have the puck,” said Jackson, a 2004-born native of Windham, N.H. “What interested me a lot about RPI was getting the opportunity to play for such a passionate hockey program and getting a great education at the same time. I heard lots about the culture and atmosphere in RPI both in the rink and around campus.” 

Kyrkostas just recently toured RPI on Jan. 24. 

“I toured RPI three days before I officially committed. What sold me really was just the relationship with the coaches and how much they believe in me as both a player and a person,” Kyrkostas said. “I felt like it was the best place to help me get to the next level and become a better person and I’m super excited for the future!” 

The 2020-21 season was limited due to COVID, but Kyrkostas made the most of the seven regular season games he played, posting a 4-11-15 line. He also had four points in his four Championship series games. 

He had a combined nine points in 11 USPHL 16U games in 2019-20, and also played for the Islanders’ USPHL 15U team in 2018-19, posting a 3-2-5 line in five games. That is just the USPHL portion of his Islanders career, though. 

“The Islanders program has been a huge part of my life as I’ve played with them ever since I was 11,” said Kyrkostas. “I loved all the coaches, teammates and friends I met along the way as they helped me so much. I loved the variety of different players I got to play with. Everyone was so good and fun to be around. Winning the USPHL championship was another great achievement for us last year.”

The Islanders and the USPHL gave Kyrkostas the opportunity to craft a time management plan that worked extremely well for his development. 

“I feel like the Islanders really helped me develop my game big time. We were on a schedule during the season which maximized time on ice, in the weight room, and learning the game,” said Jackson. “Also playing with great players and learning different things from new coaches helped me add new things to my game which has been crucial. I feel like my confidence has improved so much and I feel, overall, a more balanced player.”

There’s still more time to get ready for NCAA hockey. Kyrkostas is able to work together with the RPI coaches to determine what year he’ll get on to campus. 

“I’m certainly working on getting stronger, whether it’s in my shot, acceleration, or overall body strength,” said Kyrkostas. “I feel like getting stronger and continuing to develop my 200-foot game will help me prepare and become a big impact player at the college level.”

Although RPI is known as an engineering school, Kyrkostas is more interested in their business and sports marketing programs, though he has plenty of time to figure it out. 

“I don’t believe I’m fit for the engineering aspect, unfortunately [laughs],” said Kyrkostas. “But I’m interested in business or sports management at RPI. Talking with the coaches, they talked about how they have a great business program and that was exciting to hear.”

The USPHL congratulates Jackson Kyrkostas, his family, the Islanders Hockey Club and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his commitment.  

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