#10 Matthew Hanchon
“Matty has a special place with me as an original Hampton Roads Whaler who trained and grew up in the Blue and Green with high athletic/ scholastic objectives from the start”, stated GM Patrick Cavanagh. “He was a big part of last year’s National Championship and will be a big part of Southern New Hampshire’s success in the coming years. It is a great day for the Hanchon Family and all of us who share in the achievement of a long term objective realized”.
The Hampton Roads Jr. Whalers are proud to announce that 1998 forward Matthew Hanchon from Bemidji, MN has committed to playing college hockey in 2019 for the Southern New Hampshire University Penmen.
Hanchon, who grew up in Chesapeake before his family moved to Bemidji, is in his 3rd season in the Whalers junior program. He has posted 17 goals and 18 assists this season, good for 35 points in 42 games. In his 3 year junior career, Hanchon has competed in 121 career games, tallying 126 points on 52 goals and 74 assists. Hanchon notched 30 points in 30 games last season en route to winning the 2017-18 USPHL Premier championship.
“First I’d like to say thank you to the Whalers organization from the top down”, stated Hanchon. “GM Pat Cavanagh has been there for me from the start, I remember many training sessions with him since I was a squirt and I wouldn’t have this opportunity if it wasn’t for his dedication to the development of his players. My head coach Rod Taylor, who has pushed me to be a better player from the start, and for giving me the chance to play for his team. Without his dedication and knowledge of the game, none of this is possible. Assistant Coach Kody Rodriguez has been with me my whole junior career. Your help on and off the ice has left me with a brotherly impression and for that I truly thank you. Head Coach Brad Jones, who brought me back to the Whalers and gave me an opportunity to develop with the Elite team, your work has helped me reach this point. This organization and the last 3 seasons is something I’ll forever hold close to my heart. The Whaler crest will forever be a reminder of the tradition and brotherhood that is within our locker room. I look forward to starting a new chapter at Southern New Hampshire University under head coach Sean Walsh”.
Southern New Hampshire University is located in Hooksett, NH and competes in the NCAA’s division 2 Northeast 10 (NE-10) conference.
Hanchon becomes the Whalers 4th commit of the 2018-19 season and joins Conner Hunt (Manhattanville), Max Loga (Lebanon Valley), Cody Wilson (West Virginia), Brandon Osmundson (Utica), John Moncovich (Utica), and Jaxon Rutkowski (Utica) as committed Whalers.