Boulder native Zis staying out east after inking with EHL’s Chiefs ahead of 2022-23 campaign
Sam Zis left his Boulder home last season to play a season of 18U AAA hockey for the Connecticut Chiefs.
For the 2022-23 season, Zis will be staying with the Chiefs after signing with their Eastern Hockey League club for his first season of junior hockey.
“While having a very successful year playing 18U AAA for the Connecticut Chiefs, the coach of the EHL team (Greg Heffernan) was able to watch me play throughout the season,” said Zis. “Coach Heffernan is an amazing coach and that was a big selling point for me to go back to the Chiefs. Also, after spending a season in Connecticut, I am comfortable in the area and with my new teammates.”
Zis, who played for the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders, Boulder Hockey Club and Monarch High School back home, said the 2021-22 season was “a great experience.”
“Even though we didn’t have as much success on a team level as we had hoped, on an individual level, I was able to have the most productive year of my hockey career,” Zis said. “I improved a lot because I was lucky enough to get ice time in all situations. This last season, our team’s schedule reflected a junior hockey schedule as far as number of games and the amount of practices we had. I was also fortunate enough to practice with the EHL team towards the end of the year.”
Going to a league that produces many college commitments each year was also a big reason Zis chose the EHL.
“The EHL is known for sending many kids to NCAA college programs every year,” said Zis. “This is a huge advantage because it will allow me to get the exposure that other leagues and teams can’t get. A goal I have for myself is to play NCAA college hockey.
“As far as this season goes, I would like to pick up right where I left off last year and continue to be a top player.”
Photo provided by the Zis family
— Matt Mackinder
(August 17, 2022)