A standout teenage hockey player is aiming for the pros

LONGMEADOW — Matthew Regan is starting Longmeadow High School in the fall, but the 14-year-old already knows what he wants to do with his life. To play ice-hockey.

“My goal is to turn pro,” Regan told Reminder Publishing while competing in the Mini Chowder Cup tournament in Foxboro.

With 10 years of experience under Regan’s belt, he is making a name for himself. In early July, Regan played in the Hockey Night in Boston (HNIB) showcase tournament at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center and was selected to the National All-Star Team, in which he played center.

Regan is in an offensive position as the third defender. Rather than joining a city recreation team or playing in Longmeadow Public Schools, he plays for MassConn United Elite, which consists of players from Massachusetts and Connecticut.

“It’s a lot more difficult, but I like it,” said Regan, adding that it allows him to play against other teams in the Eastern Hockey Federation, as well as those at prep schools in the area. . “I love competition,” he said.

Although Regan also enjoys playing lacrosse, “I’m more committed to hockey,” he said. His goal is to play hockey throughout high school and college. “I would like to turn pro. »

In the Mini Chowder Cup, Regan faced teams from as far south as Florida and as far north as Quebec, Canada. Regan said playing against the best teams in the country doesn’t intimidate him. “I just play my game,” he said, “I go hard no matter who I play against.”

Catherine J. Martinez