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Boulder product Zis ‘can’t wait to get started’ at NCAA Division III MCLA this coming fall


Sam Zis has played the past few seasons out east and will continue playing out that way for his college hockey career.

Zis, a Boulder native, recently committed to NCAA Division III Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts for the fall of 2024.

Zis played two seasons in the EHL with the Connecticut Chiefs, totaling 88 games with seven goals and 27 assists for a total of 34 points. He previously played for the Connecticut Chiefs 18U AAA team back in the 2021-22 season, where he played 66 games and recorded 22 goals and 30 assists.

“I am so happy for Sam,” said Chiefs head coach and general manager Greg Heffernan. “MCLA is an up-and-coming program with a great coach. I’m sure Sam will thrive in that environment. We wish him and the Trailblazers the greatest of success.”

The MCLA men’s hockey team was dormant for the past 20 years until last season, and Zis will join them as they enter their second season back as part of the MASCAC conference.

“I would first like to thank Coach (Jeremiah) Ketts for the opportunity. I am really excited to join the Trailblazers next season,” said Zis. “I also would like to thank Coach Heffernan from the Chiefs, Coach (Mike) Tenney, and all of my coaches back in Colorado for helping me over the years. MCLA is a great school and I can’t wait to get started.”

In Colorado, Zis skated for the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders, Boulder Hockey Club and Monarch High School.

Photo/Dan Hickling/Hickling Images

(July 9, 2024)

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