As St. John's Prep hockey rising senior defenseman Ean Mendeszoon astutely put it: "Once you go there, you can never come back."
The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder found his time last weekend with Quebec Major Junior Hockey League club Titan d'Acadie-Bathurst to be enjoyable. But the North Andover resident wants to keep his options open.
Mendeszoon, who led Eagles defensemen in points with a goal and seven assists last season, made the drive with his mom back from New Brunswick in order to preserve his NCAA eligibility.
"I'm leaving it open, for now," Mendeszoon told ESPN Boston earlier this week, "but I'm looking to commit hopefully sometime during the fall."
As of right now, Mendeszoon (a 1996 birth date) does not have a Division 1 offer, but that will change soon. The blue-liner is scheduled to make repeat visits to Providence and Union in the coming weeks. He's also visited Vermont.
Plus, the Ivys have come calling with Brown, Cornell and Harvard expressing interest.
Shea on his way: There's another Catholic Conference defenseman drawing the attention of Hockey East schools of late.
BC High rising sophomore defenseman Ryan Shea ('97) has received interest from the likes of UNH, Merrimack, Brown and UConn, a source tells us. After a strong showing at the U.S.A. Hockey Festival with the Boys' Select 16s, it's possible others could follow.
Of course, it's always a possibility that Boston College could come into play with Shea, who had three goals and nine assists in his only varsity season with the Eagles. After all, the Milton native's father, Danny, was a second-team All-American at the Heights.