Cushing's Boyd commits to UNH

Cushing Academy hockey defenseman Rich Boyd has given a verbal commitment to the University of New Hampshire, Penquins head coach Rob Gagnon confirmed to ESPN Boston Thursday.

Boyd, a 6-foot-3 native of Lake Worth, Fla., had nine goals and 15 assists in 32 games last season for the Martin/Earl Tournament champions.

"He's a kid that's had the opportunity to leave and play juniors somewhere, but he's stuck to the program," Penguins head coach Rob Gagnon said. "A lot of people in the hockey world appreciate that and it just shows you what kind of kid he is. He’s a high-character kid.”

Boyd, a 1995 birthdate, is expected to join the Wildcats in either 2014-15 or 2015-16.

His older brother, R.J. Boyd (a former Cushing skater and fellow defenseman), currently plays at Michigan State.

“I think that Rich’s ceiling is very high," Gagnon said. "The reason why I say that is that he seems to get better every day at some element of his game in practice. Defensively, he already has sandpaper to his game and has a good, active stick. And he makes good decisions with the puck on the breakout.”