Colonials add four new players through NA3HL draft

DANBURY, CT– The Danbury Colonials added four new players to their ranks Thursday afternoon through the NA3HL draft. Troy Harwell, Cameron Pape, Connor Brown and Max Eckstein will don the black and orange next season in the Hat City.

Harwell, an ’01-born center taken 17th overall, is a Connecticut native having played for the Watertown-Pomperaug Indians as a high schooler. Most recently he played with the Valleyfield Braves in the QJAAAHL.

“Troy brings strong junior hockey experience to the team,” said head coach Kevin Cunningham. “He can certainly find the back of the net, he competes hard and being a local kid, he brings a great deal of pride to our organization.”

“Thanks so much to the Colonials for this opportunity!” Harwell beamed. “I’m really looking forward to getting to work with the boys and the coaching staff.”

Cameron Pape, an ’02-born center, was selected 48th overall. He most recently played with the Jersey Shore Whalers 18U team in the USPHL.

“I’ve been extremely impressed with Cameron throughout my conversations with him and his family leading up to the draft,” Cunningham explained. “He plays a fast, aggressive game with a never-say-die attitude.”

“I can’t wait to get my junior hockey career started in Danbury,” Pape commented. “I’m really looking forward to all the great things this city has to offer.”

Connor Brown, an ’02- born defenseman, is an Alaska native who most recently played for his hometown South Anchorage Hockey Club 18U squad. Brown was selected 80th overall in the draft.

“Connor brings tremendous character and resiliency to our program,” Cunningham detailed. “He’s a long defender who makes a good first pass and is not afraid to play the body on his opponent. He played for good coaches in Alaska who have prepared him well for this next step in his hockey journey.”

“I feel like this is a good place to develop as a junior hockey player and achieve my goals,” said Brown. “I’m excited to be chosen to be part of the Colonials organization.”

Max Eckstein, an ’02-born forward, was selected 111th overall in the draft. Eckstein is a Santa Monica, CA native who most recently played in New Hampshire with the Brewster Academy.

“Max is a smart, heady player who skates well and uses his quickness to create offense,” elaborated Cunningham. “He can make life very difficult for his opponent. He played for a very prepared, hard-nosed coach up at Brewster Academy. He’s been set up for success in junior hockey.”

“The Colonials are a great team,” Eckstein commented. “My conversations with Coach Cunningham have been great and his ideals about developing and moving kids up are exactly what I’m looking for. They seem to have a strong culture surrounding their program as well as a tremendous staff.”

If you are a prospective player looking to play junior hockey next season, you can fill out the Danbury Colonials prospective player form here to stay up to date as summer tryout camps get scheduled!