Last week, Merrimack College received a verbal commitment from ’95-born forward Derek Petti out of the Middlesex Bears program. Not much was available — the Bears play a number of different teams in various leagues, so statistics were hard to come by — but Middlesex head coach Alex Moody reached out with more information on Petti, who was a star at Tewksbury High School before joining the Bears.
While playing at Tewksbury Derek Petti played with two of his brothers. He played under his older brother, and his younger brother recently set the all-time scoring mark at Tewksbury High. Since joining the Bears, he has been a standout player, accumulating a whopping 180 points (95 goals, 85 assists) in just 88 games.
The Bears play in a number of different showcase tournaments throughout the season as well as playing against prep schools, junior teams and ACHA collegiate teams. Per the team’s website, the players take classes at Merrimack College as part of their educational requirements.
Petti is slated to arrive in North Andover this coming fall.
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report as well as on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN