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March 8, 2013

Sanford commits to Boston College

Former Pinkerton hockey star Sanford commits to Boston College

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“That’s going to be the longest year ever,” said Sanford.

“But I also want another year of juniors. I need to get bigger and stronger and can still develop my game.”

Sanford burst onto the scene for Pinkerton as a freshman three years ago with 12 goals, and as a sophomore scored a team-high 18 goals and earned Eagle-Tribune All-Star honors.

His breakout season was last year, when he led the area in goals (36) and points (69), leading the Astros to the Division 1 state title.

“I loved my time playing at Pinkerton,” said the Auburn resident. “Coach Kesselring taught me a lot, and he is a big reason why I am where I am today. I grew a lot as a player and a leader there.”

Still a student at Pinkerton, Sanford made the move to play junior hockey with the Islanders this winter.

During the season, Sanford began gaining Division 1 college interest, and was eventually offered by the University of New Hampshire, Northeastern, Cornell and UMass Amherst. In January Boston College began showing major interest.

“A few assistants came out to watch me in January,” he said. “Then coach York watched me twice in February. Then I visited BC and really loved it.

“It came down to BC and UNH. Coming from New Hampshire, UNH was really appealing to me. But, the more I thought about it, what was best for my future on the ice and off was to go to Boston College. I talked to my family and people around hockey and made the decision.”

He said the Eagles gave him a “three-for-four” scholarship (three years on scholarship, one he pays), but he said he could earn the fourth if money is freed up by players leaving.

“Now I have to get in the gym and make myself bigger, faster and stronger,” he said. “I went to the Beanpot first round this year and it seemed like a great atmosphere. I can’t wait to be part of it.”

Hockey hotbed

Former Pinkerton star Zach Sanford became the third Astro to become a top Hockey East recruit.

Name years at Pinkerton Eagle-Tribune All-Star Hockey East school current team

Paul Thompson 2003-05 2005 (25 goals) UNH (2007-11) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)

J.D. Dudek 2010-12 2012 (20 goals) Boston College (2014) Kimball Union

Zach Sanford 2009-12 2011 (18), ‘12 (36) Boston College (2014) Middlesex Islanders (EHJL)

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