It's official, Devin Joyce has made his college commitment. After his final season of junior eligibility, the 1998 Defenseman has made his choice to attend Neumann University in the Fall. After an injury riddled senior season, Joyce can describe his commitment to Neumann as nothing short of a great feeling.
"The feeling you get when you can officially say that the hard work you've put in has paid off is indescribable." Joyce said. "The past few years in juniors have been life changing for me, and now I have the chance to play the game I love for my school, while getting a great education."
Joyce, a New Jersey native, heads to the Aston, Pennsylvania campus of Neumann University, with the knowledge of what it's like to live away from home under his belt. "My time with PAL was my first time living away from home. Two years ago, when I came to the Island, I had to transition from living with my parents to living with seven of my teammates." Joyce said. "I'll always remember that, because it gave me the opportunity to grow for myself. I'm forever thankful to my team, the staff, and the organization as a whole for making PAL feel like one big family."
Joyce is no stranger to adversity, after a serious injury limited him to only 13 contests this NCDC season. Some players would take an injury as a sign to slow down and find the next step after hockey, but with the help of some key role models, Joyce was able to move forward. "I'd obviously like to thank my parents for everything they've done for me over the years. Without them, I wouldn't have been able to do any of this." Joyce said.
"I'd also like to mention that Mr. Kinnear and my teammates have played an institutional role in my placement in college. As most everybody knows, I dealt with a serious injury over the course of the 2018-2019 campaign. But, with Ron's help, and the support of my teammates, we continued to search for a college that would perfectly fit me and my playing style. I believe that I've found that in Neumann."
As previously mentioned, Joyce will attend Neumann in the fall to study Business, and will take part in the University's Division 3 hockey program. Congratulations, and best of luck to Devin!