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Amorosa preparing for college life

Drafted in 2013, defensive prospect will enter Clarkson University's program

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 1:57 PM / News
By Julie Bacanskas
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Amorosa preparing for college life
Drafted in 2013, defensive prospect will enter Clarkson University\'s program

Finishing this summer’s Development Camp means looking to the future for prospect Terrance Amorosa.

After being selected in the fifth-round of the 2013 Draft and getting a year of junior hockey under his belt, the defenseman is ready to take the next step in his career, playing at the collegiate level.

“I’m going to go to Clarkson University next year, and I’m really excited about it,” Amorosa said. “It’s close to home and very good hockey with very good coaches.”

The Golden Knights, who are coached by Casey Jones, have a long history of success, which Amorosa is excited to be part of come this fall. This past season, Clarkson finished fifth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) with an overall record of 11-9-2.

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Although playing NCAA hockey is not the only route for young prospects, the Quebec native is sure it is the best decision for him with regards to developing as a player. He is looking forward to having four years with the University’s coaches, which will allow him more time to mature than if he had elected to continue playing junior hockey.

“Getting along with the coaches is very important because they’re the ones who are developing me and making me better,” explained Amorosa. “To me, having a positive relationship with them is key.”

College hockey goes hand-in-hand with academics, an aspect of university life Amorosa is also more than ready to take on. Becoming a student-athlete is nothing new for the defenseman, who previously attended Holderness School, a prep school in New Hampshire.

“Prep school prepares you to go to college, especially since you’re doing a sport at the same time you’re doing schoolwork, so I’m used to that already,” Amorosa explained. “Last year I played junior hockey so I guess you can say I took a year off school, but I don’t think there should be a problem jumping back into the academics.”

During the 2013-2014 season, Amorosa was a member of the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers. He appeared in 50 games, recording two goals and 12 assists for a total of 14 points and a plus-26 rating on the season.

Despite his success, the 6’1” blueliner knows he will have to adjust his play to the NCAA style in order to compete with other teams in the ECAC like Union, Colgate and Quinnipiac.

“College hockey is faster and more physical than junior hockey or prep school,” began Amorosa. “I’ve just got to get bigger and stronger in the weight room and just be ready for older guys who are maybe bigger and stronger than I am.”

Although the incoming freshman still has yet to decide on a major, he already has a few games circled on the calendar.

“I’m excited to play the Ivy League teams like Harvard or Yale, those big schools that everyone knows about,” he said. “Those are games I’m looking forward to.”

Amorosa will have until November to have his first shot at an Ivy League team but will begin his first season with the Knights on Oct. 5th in an exhibition game against Queen’s University.

Regardless of dates, Amorosa is eager to get his first taste of Clarkson hockey and is ready to take the next step toward developing into a better defenseman.

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