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Vecchione decommits from UNH

Former Malden Catholic hockey standout Mike Vecchione has decided to reopen his college recruitment, informing the University of New Hampshire about his decision two weeks ago.

Vecchione spoke to ESPN Boston on Wednesday night about his decision. He cited the coaching staff's insistence that he play another year of juniors, delaying his arrival in Durham from 2012 -- as originally intended -- to 2013, as the main reason for his decommitment.

The Saugus, Mass. native is currently playing for Tri-City of the United States Hockey League.

"It was a tough decision to make," Vecchione said in a phone interview," but I felt like it was the right thing to do. That's not what I'd committed to."

As for what Vecchione has in mind in his recruitment search, he left it up to what arises in the coming weeks.

"We'll see what develops. Right now, I just want to find the right situation for me."

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound winger has four goals and five assists in 17 games this season for the Storm. It's been a trying season in Tri-City, with head coach Drew Schoneck fired last week. However, Vecchione has settled into his new surroundings in Nebraska.

"We've been struggling a little, but things are good. I've got a good host family and the competition is great every night."

Last year, the Lancers captain totaled 26 goals and 44 assists for 70 points, breaking the Catholic Conference's all-time single-season scoring record, while leading MC to the Super 8 tournament title.