Commitment Q&A: Robert Morris' Eric Israel
by Mike McMahon/Staff Writer
'95 defenseman Eric Israel committed to Robert Morris on Monday. The first-year Brockville (CCHL) defenseman hails from Michigan and spent last season plating at the Hill Academy. He's slated to join the Colonials in 2015 and recently took the time to be the lastest installment of our Commitment Q&A series:
CHN: What made Robert Morris right for you?
Israel: "The things that made Robert Morris right was from a school aspect it's a smaller campus which suits me well. They have brand new facilities on campus and they also had the major that I would like to strive for. Hockey wise the coaches are down to earth and honest coaches and they tell you a straight forward answer. They play a style of hockey which suits my game and it's a great place where I can develop."
CHN: How would you describe your style? Seems like you're good with the puck on the blue line and can put up some points?
Israel: "The style of hockey I play is more of a two-way defenseman. I love defending my own end first but once I see an opportunity to jump into the rush I go for it. I have always thought the game well and that really helps me stay calm when I have the puck and there is pressure on me."
CHN: Is this your first season with Brockville in the CCHL? I know you were with Honeybaked before and I think Hill Academy last year? How has that transition gone to the CCHL?
Israel: "This is my first year with Brockville. I played with Honeybaked for seven years and this past year I played for the Hill Academy. So far the transition is going good, the CCHL is a much faster and physical league but I think I've been making a good transition into the league. The more games I play the more I will adapt to the speed and physicalness."
CHN: Had you made any visits to other schools? Who were some of the other finalists when making your decision?
Israel: "While with Honeybaked and Hill we visted a lot of schools. When I made my official visit to RMU, I knew RMU was the right spot. Great coaching staff, beautiful campus and a upbeat hard working style of hockey."