The Merrimack men’s hockey team received a verbal commitment from ’99-born forward Joseph Cassetti on Tuesday. Cassetti, who was formerly committed to Boston College, is expected to arrive at Merrimack in 2019.
Cassetti played two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program, suiting up for the U17 team in 2015-16 and the U18 team in 2016-17; last season, Cassetti played in the USHL for the Waterloo Blackhawks. Cassetti will become just the second NTDP alum to play for Merrimack, following in the footsteps of 2012 graduate Joe Cannata.
The California native is a 6-foot-3 winger who plays the left side. Last year with the Blackhawks, he recorded 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists) in 44 games.
Back when he committed to BC in 2015, USA Hockey interviewed Cassetti about his commitment and he said that a big deciding factor in choosing BC was finding a school on the east coast; BC reportedly pulled its offer last year when he had an injury-plagued season.
“As a kid, I always visited the east coast and loved it,” said Cassetti. “I pictured myself going to college there and playing hockey there. My dad grew up in New York City. Being from California, there are no colleges close to my home that I can play at so it was a dream of mine as a little kid to play for an East Coast school. That was the biggest factor for me.”