Spartans Defenseman Joins Westfield State for 2nd Half

EXETER, NH — Dan Long, a defenseman for the Seacoast Spartans, has committed to Westfield State University for the 2nd half of the 2019-20 season.

The ’00 native of Madison, CT led the Spartans in scoring in the first half of the year with 20 points in 27 games, as he helped the Spartans get off to a solid start in their first season in the Eastern Hockey League. Long brought EHL experience to Seacoast after playing for the New York Applecore last season.

Although joining the Owls now means Dan will miss the rest of the junior hockey season, he’s grateful for the experience he gained with the Seacoast Spartans. “It was great to be a part of the first Seacoast EHL team. Leaving my Spartans teammates was not easy but they know that we all play junior hockey hoping to earn another opportunity.”

“I chose the Seacoast Spartans because of the dedicated and experienced staff put in place for the inaugural season,” said Long. “I knew I wanted to return to the Exeter area for a second EHL season after a great experience playing for the Seacoast U18 team. The program has excellent leadership and a top notch rink and facilities. I knew Kurt Mallett [Hockey Operations] from youth level teams, and I was sure he would hire a seasoned Head Coach. Coach Tryder encouraged me to play at a high level and to seize this opportunity to play at Westfield State. Kurt Mallet provided great feedback and positive support as our defensive coach.”

Coach Tryder added: “Dan has been great for us during the first half of the season. I am sure that he will have a successful career at Westfield State. He has the necessary tools to help The Owls compete for a league championship.”

“I am excited to continue my academic and athletic experience at Westfield State” said Long. “Head Coach Bob Miele is the MASCAC Coach of the Year so I’m ready to follow his lead and do what I can to help the team finish the season strong.”

“I want to give a special thanks to my parents and grandparents for all of their help and support over the years and to the many former teammates and coaches, especially Coach Matt Pinchevsky, who have allowed me to enjoy this great game.”

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