Aston, PA – The Philadelphia Little Flyers, members of the Eastern Hockey League are proud to announce 1998 birth year defenseman Nate Dunning, has committed to attend Neumann University in the Fall of 2019 to continue his education and hockey career. Dunning, a 5’11” 170lb defenseman from Morton, PA is in his first full season with the Little Flyers EHL team after playing on the Premier team last season. While playing in the Premier division last season, Dunning scored 14 goals and handed out 11 assists in 31 games played. “Nate is a perfect story for all of the kids that come into that EHL Premier locker room from AA hockey, work hard at the Premier level then make the EHL team but not only making it, thriving as one of our top defenseman, not only offensively on the power play but defensively as well. Nate skates the puck up the ice very effectively, he’s a local kid who had an avenue in front of him on how to get to college from AA hockey right inside the same rink he’s grown up in and will continue to play here at IceWorks for Neumann and Coach Mountain. Mike [Narrigan] and I are proud of Nate and look forward to being able to watch him play in college” said Little Flyers EHL Head Coach and General Manager Mark Catron. As coach Catron mentioned, Nate has continued to contribute offensively at the EHL level this season. In 40 regular season games played this year, Dunning scored 11 goals with 16 assists.
“I am very proud to announce my commitment to play my college hockey at Neumann University and continue my education. I want to start by thanking my family for their endless support throughout my hockey career. I want to thank coaches Mark Catron, Mike Narrigan, and George Lewis for giving me the opportunity to play juniors for the Little Flyers and the Giacobbo Family. Also, thank you Stephane Charbonneau and Mike Cassidy for everything that they have done for me. Finally Thank You to Coach Mountain for giving me the opportunity to pursue my academic and athletic career at Neumann” said Dunning while making his college announcement earlier this week.
Dunning, is a part of an experienced defensive core that set a new EHL regular season record for the least goals against (73) in front of goaltenders Tommy McLarnon and Dunning’s high school teammate Brendahn Brawley. With his college commitment solidified, Dunning and his teammates are looking to end this season with a trip to Providence for the EHL Frozen Finals. With a first round bye, the Little Flyers will wait to see who their second round playoff opponent will be as they begin their title chase next week on home ice at IceWorks.