Troy Kobryn, a ’99-born goaltender from New Jersey, committed to Merrimack on Friday night and is expected to join the Warriors’ roster for this upcoming season.
Christian Stoever will return to the USHL for one more season, which opened up the roster spot for Merrimack to add Kobryn as a goaltender; he’ll be one of three freshmen goalies on the roster with Jere Huhtamaa and James Corcoran.
Kobryn and Stoever have a previous connection as well; last season, the Cedar Rapids Roughriders traded Stoever to the Youngstown Phantoms and Kobryn was added to the Cedar Rapids roster to replace Stoever’s roster spot.
Kobryn began last season in the NCDC with the Connecticut Jr. Rangers, posting a .922 save percentage in 11 games before he was added to the Cedar Rapids roster. Then in 15 games with the Roughriders, Kobryn posted an .895 save percentage and a 2.66 goals-against average.
The 6-foot-1 Kobryn was a four-year starter at the prestigious Delbarton School in New Jersey, appearing in 106 games and posting save percentages of .932 and .933 over his final two seasons.
In 2017 Kobryn was named the New Jersey High School Hockey Player of the Year and he was also named to the All-USA Hockey Second Team.
The recruiting website, Neutral Zone, had Kobryn graded as a B+ goalie in its latest goaltender report.