"New Jersey is a good example of a sleeper place for good players," said Scott Borek, an associate head coach at the University of New Hampshire who recruited vanRiemsdyk to play for the Wildcats next season. "Hockey spread from New England into New York, but New Jersey has just become a player in the last five years. I think the Devils' success also had something to do with that."
"I think it is a few things. One is the emergence of roller hockey in the warmer climates," Borek said. "I think that has a lot to do with the infatuation of hockey in those areas. Obviously the NHL has moved into these new types of areas. Then there is also the junior leagues and more opportunity. I'm not sure what came first; I think it was the roller hockey, then the NHL and then the junior leagues."