NORTH YORK, ON - APRIL 14: Nicholas Cordeiro #9 of the North York Rangers prepares to pass the puck during the second period at the Herbert Carnegie Centennial Arena on April 14, 2022 in Ontario, Canada (Photo by Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images)
May 10, 2022

6:34 PM EDT

North York Rangers forward Nicholas Cordeiro has officially committed to Norwich University of the NCAA DIII. He will play for the Cadets while attending one of the best academic institutions in the fall of 2022.

“Norwich is a top-notch school and hockey program, and I’m honoured to be a part of it. As soon as I visited campus and met my future teammates and coaches, I knew it was the place for me. Very excited to get started,” Cordeiro explained.

The forward started the season as the captain for the Mississauga Chargers, where he racked up 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points in 24 games. In December, he was a part of a trade to the Rangers that saw them acquire Cordeiro and Daniel Baldassarra for Chris Castrigano and Jackson Edwards. He recorded six goals and 10 assists in 16 points in 22 games. In head coach Geoff Schomogyi’s mind, he was a great addition from day one.

“Nick was a great addition to our team when he came from Mississauga. He brought a strong physical, two-way game. We are really excited for Nick’s commitment to Norwich. It is an outstanding NCAA program and we know Nick will fit well into that environment,” head coach Geoff Schomogyi.

In his OJHL career, Cordeiro played 96 career games for 28 goals and 32 assists for 60 points during his time with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Brantford 99ers, Mississauga Chargers and North York Rangers. Even though his time with the Rangers was short, he believes it played a major role in his development.

“NYR helped develop my skills on and off the ice. It is a truly amazing junior organization. I came into the team halfway through the year and was welcomed with open arms. An amazing group of guys and great coaches. Thank you to Coach Geoff and the rest of North York staff for helping me on this journey,” he explained.

Cordeiro has become the 35th Ranger to commit to either the NCAA or USPORTS since 2016.