Center Jake Stella transfers to UMass Lowell – Lowell Sun
LOWELL – The UMass Lowell hockey program has dipped into the transfer portal again.
And like the previous two times, the result was the same: A Swedish player is headed to the Tsongas Center.
The latest addition is Jake Stella, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound center from Karlstad and American International College in Springfield.
Stella helped AIC qualify for the NCAA Tournament and go 22-13-3 this past winter. Stella netted 12 goals and 16 assists in 37 games. He finished one point out of tying for third on the team scoring list.
A strong 200-foot player, Stella was named the Atlantic Hockey Association’s Best Defensive Forward following the regular season. Stella finished the season with a plus/minus rating of +15 and was an AHA second-team all-conference selection.
In the AHA championship game, a 7-0 rout of Air Force, Stella scored a goal, set up a goal and won 10 of 13 faceoffs.
Stella recorded a hat trick against Bentley and had a two-goal, one-assist performance against Canisius.
Earlier this spring, UML’s coaching staff landed a pair of transfers from Alaska Fairbanks, goaltender Gustavs Grigals and forward Filip Fornaa Svensson.
The 2022-23 River Hawks will feature five Swedes – Svensson, Stella, goaltender Edvard Nordlund, defenseman Isac Jonsson and forward Carl Berglund.
The River Hawks will feature eight European players next season, the most in program history.
In addition to the five Swedish players, Grigals (Latvia), forward Nik Armstrong-Kingkade (Germany) and defenseman Marek Korencik (Slovakia) also grew up in Europe.
A defenseman from Russia, Danill Dolzhenko, has also committed to UML, but he’s not expected to join next season’s team.
Four players from this past season’s team are transferring out. Defenseman Jordan Schulting (Bentley), forward Josh Latta (Bentley), forward Matt Allen (Alaska Anchorage) and forward Matt Kinash (Alaska Anchorage) have found new homes. A fifth, forward Jackson Sterrett, is in the transfer portal.