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Lancers Forward Chooses Providence College

01/09/2014, 12:00pm CST
By bwerger

Omaha Lancers forward Jake Henderson has committed to play NCAA hockey at Providence College following his USHL career.

Henderson has recorded five points (3g, 2a) over 26 games for the Lancers this season.  He scored his first USHL goal on November 8th which proved to be the game-winner in the 5-2 victory over the Tri-City Storm.  The 16-year-old came to the League this season after being signed to a “tender” by Omaha.  He had previously played in the St. Louis AAA Blues youth organization.

“I knew Providence was the right place for me,” said Henderson.  “I loved the area, loved the fact it’s a smaller school, and to play in Hockey East was big.  It is a huge weight off my shoulders.  Now I can focus on finishing high school and really enjoy the rest of my time in the USHL.”

Henderson is joined by Lancers teammate Ryan Tait who is also committed to Providence College following his time in Omaha.

“Jake is a great young hockey player and this is a huge step in his development,” said Lancers head coach Brian Kaufman.  “Providence is a great fit for Jake and we’re very excited for what the future holds for him.”

Five other current USHL players are also committed to Providence College, including Dylan McLaughlin (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Brian Pinho (Indiana Ice), Terrance Amorosa (Sioux City Musketeers), Thomas Aldworth (Tri-City Storm), and Truman Reed (Youngstown Phantoms).

Providence College is a member of Hockey East and has nine USHL alumni on the Friars roster this season; John Gilmour (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Mark Adams (Chicago Steel), Kyle McKenzie (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Trevor Mingoia (Tri-City Storm), Tom Parisi (Team USA), Stefan Demopoulos (Omaha Lancers), Nick Saracino (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Jon Gillies (Indiana Ice), and Nick Ellis (Des Moines Buccaneers).

USHL stats – Jake Henderson


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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