Indiana Ice (USHL) goaltender Jon Gillies has decommitted to Northeastern, according to Nathan Fournier of the Maine Hockey Journal. According to the report, Gillies asked out of his NLI after it was revealed that Chris Rawlings would return for his senior season; he signed his NLI release on Wednesday morning.
“The (Northeastern) coaching staff had a really good relationship with my family and I,” Gillies told Fournier. “When Chris Rawlings decided to return for his senior year, that’s not what we planned on as a group. So the circumstances have changed and Mr. Madigan was amazing throughout the whole process.”
“He wasn’t glad he was releasing me, but he was releasing me without any questions if I felt I had to pursue other options for next year. It was a mutual agreement based on changed circumstances.”
The Quebec Remparts own Gillies’ CHL rights, and he told Fournier he’s 50-50 between another college or the Major Junior route. He’s rated as one of the top goaltenders in this year’s NHL Entry Draft according to the NHL’s Central Scouting.