Ben McGlashing Commits to Suffolk University

Suffolk University will be the next stop for Worcester Railers Junior Hockey Club forward Ben McGlashing, who announced he has committed to the Rams starting in the Fall of 2022.

Suffolk is an NCAA Division 3 program coached by Chris Glionna. The Rams play in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

When the opportunity presented itself to commit to being a student athlete at Suffolk, it was a no-brainer for McGlashing, a native of nearby Arlington, MA., just a few miles from Suffolk’s downtown Boston campus.

“Boston is where I have always felt most comfortable,” he said. “After touring at Suffolk and meeting the coaching staff, it is where I felt most at home. Being close to home was a big thing for me. I can stay close to my grandparents.”

“Ben came to us from a couple of NCDC teams, and one NAHL team, and dedicated himself to learning, being coached and being a tremendous teammate.” said Railers head coach Sean Bertoni.  “Ben McGlashing first and foremost is a tremendous young man. Ben is a strong, puck possession guy with a big frame. A dedicated young man that we will miss tremendously. He is a fantastic student and we are excited that he will be attending Suffolk University as a student-athlete.”

Following graduating from The Winchendon School in 2019, the 6’4” forward spent a year with prestigious Selects Academy, where because of his offensive talents, he finished the year as one of the Selects top scorers. During the pandemic-affected 20-21 season, Ben began by playing three games in the NAHL. He also played a few games for two different NCDC teams before joining the Railers for the 2021-22 campaign.

It proved to be a great move.

“I have to truly say that this past year was the best year of hockey I’ve ever had,” McGlashing said.

“Every part of it. Coach Addesa and coach Bertoni were like second father figures for me. They are the type of people who I not only looked to just to improve in hockey, but to help me become an even better person. It was the best decision I ever made joining the Railers. With the Railers, you have a smile on your face every day.”

Heading into his first season with the EHL Railers, McGlashing knew what he needed to work on most in order to achieve his dream of playing college hockey.

“I knew the knock on me was that I didn’t truly know how to play the game defensively, especially in the defensive zone,” he said. “The focus was immediately on working on my defense, especially in the defensive zone. Coaches Bertoni and Addesa taught me how to be a more complete defensive player. They believed that I was proficient in the faceoff circle and they gave me confidence that I could win every draw in the defensive end and they put me in that role and challenged me to be highly reliable. They made me realize that keeping pucks out of the net was more important than putting pucks in the net.”

The coaching he received, as well as the overall experience of Worcester’s ride to the EHL Frozen Finals, made this past season quite productive for McGlashing as he was made to understand that learning on the ice was no different than learning in the academic classroom.

“It was the best decision I ever made,” he said. “If I had a chance to do it over again, I would only do it sooner. It was clearly my best year of hockey not just on the ice, but off as well. In the locker room it was the closest group of guys I’ve ever played with. Every player in that room, I don’t think I will ever fall out of contact with any of them. The atmosphere really makes you want to work your hardest.”

“A friend, a hockey person that I respect, an advocate for Ben McGlashing, approached me in my capacity as  General Manager of the Railers on behalf of Ben. Out of respect for that person, I agreed to meet with Ben on the phone and from there I suggested he meet with coach Bertoni, tour our facility and explore the potential of the Railers program and the possibility of becoming a Railer,” GM Addesa said. “Both coach Bertoni and I were very impressed with Ben from our first contact with him. Examining his history, I was told he was a very talented young player who was allergic to playing any defense on the ice. Coach Bertoni, his staff and I determined roles somewhere into the season for each of the players on our team and Ben, with his size, reach and competitive instinct, impressed me with the potential to be an outstanding man in the faceoff circle. Realizing that he was an outstanding student in the classroom, coach Bertoni and I believed that our intellectual approach to playing the game of hockey would be a perfect fit for Ben moving forward.  

“And were we ever correct. Ben absorbed coach Bertoni’s coaching technique like a sponge and before you knew it Ben became one of the best defenders on our entire roster. That growth in the defensive side of the game and Ben’s continued growth through the efforts of our assistant coaches working with him in the faceoff circle, he became one of the best faceoff men in the league. At that point, coach Bertoni and I collectively approached Ben about committing to being the center on a line that would be responsible for starting in the faceoff circle in our defensive end of the rink, which statistically at season’s end was 82% of the draws he took. Philosophically we talk often to our players about coming to the rink every day with a smile on your face and prepared to dedicate yourself to helping your teammates to live their dream. Ben McGlashing embraced that philosophy. Ben sacrificed offensive opportunities to do what his coaches felt would serve his team and teammates best. He is a special young man who has become a complete and special hockey player.”

Now, McGlashing will get to use that work ethic and intellectual approach to help the Suffolk program be successful next season.

“I’m thrilled,” he said. “I’ve been a hockey player since the day I was born. I plan on working every day to prove that the Suffolk coaching staff made the right decision with me. I can’t be more thankful.”