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Camden native Zanca to join Nor'Easters in fall

Young man caps strong EHL season with championship
By Staff | Apr 03, 2018
Courtesy of: Snap Shot Photography James Zanca on the ice.

Hooksett, N.H. — James Zanca, a 6-foot 1-inch, 190-pound defenseman for the New Hampshire Avalanche, has committed to the University of New England for the fall.

Zanca, a Camden native, has completed his second season in the Eastern Hockey League, or EHL, and first with the Avalanche. Through the 30 games, Zanca tallied 41 points, which ranked second in the league in defensive scoring.

“After thoughtful consideration I have chosen to attend the University of New England to continue my academic and athletic career,” said Zanca. “I’d like to express my endless gratitude to me parents, as they supported me every way possible along my path to college hockey. I’d also like to thank my coaches that have helped me get to where I am now. In particular, coach [Chris] Cerrella with the Avs.”

“I am very proud of James and the development this season,” said Avalanche head coach and general manager Cerrella. “We put a lot of time into pushing him outside his comfort zone and he has really enjoyed being here with us, and you can tell in his play. He is, in my opinion, the most mobile defenseman in the EHL, and is going to do a great job in college hockey for UNE. He had a lot of options, and went on a lot of visits, but it all led him right back to UNE. I am very proud of him and glad for him and his family; he is going to do a great job over the next four seasons.”

Zanca scored nine goals this season, including the playoffs, while tallying 32 assists. The defenseman’s play tapped him as a member of the Eastern Hockey League All-Conference team, a result of all the EHL coaches' voting on their respective conference, and identifying three forwards, two defensemen, and one goaltender per lineup.

On March 25, Zanca’s team went on to capture the championship in the EHL with a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Revolution in the final game of the league’s round robin hosted by Providence College, from March 22-25. The Avalanche finished the season with a 39-7-4 record, and went 5-1 in the EHL playoffs to capture the crown.

Zanca is the son of Dr. Edward Zanca of Camden and Jennifer Kennedy of Auburn.

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