Atlantic Youth Hockey League


Kislin Commits to Northeastern

Release Date : 11/14/2015

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – The Atlantic Youth Hockey League and the New Jersey Junior Titans are pleased to announce that standout 16U National defenseman Julian Kislin (Manalapan, N.J.) has committed to Northeastern University for the 2018-19 season.

Northeastern University resides in the prestigious Hockey East conference that has produced five of the last eight national champions.

The Manalapan native joined the Titans organization after spending one season with Team Comcast. Kislin began his AYHL with the Mercer Chiefs, spending six seasons in Hamilton.

“I’m excited to say that I’m going to such a prestigious school to play my college hockey,” Kislin said. “They have a great tradition and I’m looking forward to becoming part of it.”

“As soon as I toured the campus, I knew it was the place for me,” Kislin added. “It is a good mix of hockey, academics and a great city to live in.”

The defenseman currently has five assists in 10 AYHL games, and in true team fashion, announced his commitment following a loss to the Connecticut Oilers to boost team morale.

“You want to make an announcement at the right time,” Kislin said. “After the loss, the team was really down, so I thought sharing my news might give the team something to rally around.”

The team certainly rallied in its next game, scoring early and often in an 8-0 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

“Julian is a standout defenseman with great offensive abilities and vision,” said Titans owner and 16U head coach George Haviliand. “He is going to be a good Hockey East player.”

“I would like to congratulate my son on committing to Northeastern University and for all of his hard work and dedication paying off,” Kislin’s father said. “I would like to thank Chris Barcless, George Haviliand, and the entire New Jersey Titans organization for everything they’ve done for my son, helping him reach this point.”

Although he is now a committed player, Kislin insists that he still has plenty of work to do before stepping foot on campus.

“I’ve really got to work on my strength and decision making,” Kislin said. “We play a very good schedule against some of the top teams in the country and I have to use each and every game as an opportunity to learn and develop my game so that I’m really a well-rounded defenseman, ready to contribute to the Northeastern program from day one.”

For Kislin, there’s one additional benefit to playing his college hockey in Boston: the Beanpot Tournament, the annual tournament among the four Division I schools in the Boston area. The tournament has been held annually since 1952 and the frenetic environment most certainly adds to the student experience.

“Oh yeah, I can’t wait,” Kislin said of playing in the Beanpot. “You see pictures, you hear stories, but I don’t know if any of that could compare to actually being on the ice for it. It was just another reason that Northeastern was the right place for me.”

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