September 12, 2012

Jr. Bandits center Bruckler commits to Army

By Jesse Connolly

Joe Bruckler, a newcomer to the EJHL's Boston Jr. Bandits, has made his college commitment and will head to the West Point Military Academy – better known as Army in hockey circles – in the fall of 2013.

A native of Burlington, Mass., Bruckler comes to the EJHL after a sensational year for the Northern Cyclones of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League.

The 5-foot-9 forward racked up a team-leading 53 points in 36 contests. He led the entire AJHL with 44 assists.

Walpole Express winger Max MacKay (Cranston, R.I.) was the only league player to amass more points (62) in 2011-12.

“Joe brings speed, strength and skill to the lineup,” Bandits head coach Todd Stirling said. “His drive and willingness to learn will be a key factor in his success at Army.”

The Bandits are slated to take on the Valley Junior Warriors in Haverhill on Saturday night.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.