Aberdeen Wings Goaltender and NAHL Top Prospect Gabe Vinal has committed to play Division I Hockey at Brown University! Gabe is a 6’2 185 lb goaltender from Syracuse, NY with a 1999 birth year. Gabe is in his 1st season with the Wings, in 28 games played he has an 18-8-0-1 record with a 2.13 Goals Against Average and a .920 Save Percentage. Gabe spent last season playing with the Northeast Generals and before that spent 3 seasons with the Syracuse Jr. Stars USPHL 16U team. Gabe played in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament earlier this season, in 2 games played Gabe had a 1.02 GAA & a .958 save percentage, making 24 saves on 25 shots. “At this level, the willingness to pay the price throughpreparation is what often makes the difference in who moves on in their careers and who doesn’t. Gabe is a solid competitor who refuses to be outworked and that, along with his skill set is why he’s headed to play division I hockey. He’s earned it.” -Head Coach Scott Langer
Gabe will join the Brown Bears who went 8-19-4 overall this last season, including a 7-14-1 conference record. Brown University plays in the ECAC Hockey League and are members of the Ivy League. The Bears are coached by Brendan Whittet.
“I’d like to thank everyone for helping me get to where I am today. Especially my parents and sisters, The Aberdeen Wings Organization, Coach Langer, Coach Bohn, Coach Aycock , The Odde Family, and all of my teammates. I am very excited to announce my commitment to Brown University and play hockey there and even more excited for the remainder of the season here in Aberdeen and to bring a championship to the community.” –Gabe Vinal