THE UNH MEN’S HOCKEY BLOG: UNH Commit Conner de Haro: An Athletic, Cellular Defenseman

Conner de Haro
2024 or ’25 UNH Commit

“He’s good with the puck, values possession…strikes as effectively backwards as he does forwards, he makes clean pivots and transitions…underrated prospect to keep watch over.” Impartial Zone, August, 2021

Conner de Haro

Defenseman, 5’10”, 175 lbs. Shoots Left
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
DOB: October 17, 2005; 17 years, 2 months
Impartial Zone Score: 3.75 out of 5 Stars
Present Groups: Youngstown Phantoms (United States Hockey League)
Dedicated to UNH on November 4, 2022 at Age 17 years.


I had a chance to interview Conner de Haro, by way of e mail, about his hockey profession and dedication to UNH:

Mike Lowry: Congratulations in your dedication to play for the College of New Hampshire. How did you first turn into concerned about UNH?

Conner de Haro: First off, I need to say thanks and that I am tremendous excited to be dedicated to UNH. After I was youthful it was at all times a dream of mine to play in Hockey East. So when Coach Giuliano first reached out to me I used to be excited to study extra concerning the college and its hockey program.

Mike Lowry: What are the primary causes you selected to decide to UNH?

Conner de Haro: The principle causes I selected to decide to UNH are that I just like the teaching employees, the hockey group at all times has followers and a superb pupil part, and I believe the general tradition inside the hockey group and across the college is nice. As soon as I toured the campus I knew that I wished to go there.

Mike Lowry: What different school packages did you contemplate in the course of the recruiting course of? Which colleges did you go to and which of them made a proposal to you?

de Haro: I toured just a few different colleges and had a proposal from one different college. I preferred the opposite colleges however UNH was the one which caught out to me as one of the best.

Lowry: Have you ever and the UNH coaches agreed on a goal date so that you can enroll as a freshman at UNH and be part of the group?

de Haro: No, we have not talked an excessive amount of about that and I have not thought of it. I believe the plan proper now’s simply to attend and see how the following few years go and as soon as the teaching employees believes I am prepared is when I’ll enroll. Saying that, I do know that I am not prepared but and have to preserve getting higher so I can put myself in the very best place after I get to campus.

Lowry: At this stage in your growth, what are the primary strengths of your sport? What areas are you attempting to enhance?

de Haro: At this stage of my growth, I’d say the primary strengths of my sport are my skating skill, hockey IQ, and passing skill. The principle space that I am attempting to enhance on is my protection.

Lowry: You participated within the 2021 USA Hockey Choose 16 Participant Improvement Camp. How do you assume your expertise examine with the opposite high US defensemen born in 2005?

de Haro: I’d say that camp was actually good for me as a result of I received to play with and towards a number of the greatest youngsters within the nation. I wasn’t actually getting that chance taking part in in North Carolina my entire life. It confirmed me that I can play with anybody in addition to proving I nonetheless have a protracted option to go if I need to turn into among the finest.

Lowry: Final Could, the Youngstown Phantoms chosen you within the sixth Spherical (82nd Total) of the USHL Futures Draft. You made their 2022-23 roster and as one of many youngest defensemen within the league, you have scored 2 assists in 17 video games. What’s it been like adjusting to the highest junior league in the US, each on and off the ice?

de Haro: It has been a giant adjustment from 16U hockey primarily due to the dimensions and pace of all of the gamers. It has been actually good although as a result of I will follow every single day with actually good gamers and coaches, ensuring I get higher every single day.

Lowry: When do you intend to graduate from highschool? What are your tutorial strengths and pursuits? Have you considered what you may main in once you enroll at UNH?

de Haro: I plan to graduate from highschool with a category of 24′. I’d say my tutorial strengths are undoubtedly math and science. I have not actually thought an excessive amount of a few particular main however I do know I wish to do one thing with enterprise.

Impartial Zone Scouting Stories

USHL Showcase, November, 2022

“De Haro is a primary yr defender out of Fox Motors who solely performed in a single sport right here and in a restricted function however caught our consideration. He’s improved his footwork especialy his first steps and agility and confirmed nifty stick ability in avoiding forecheckers and making fast puck selections on the breakout. He’s athletic cellular has some ability and was capable of hole up tight and angle opponents to the skin.”

“He performed within the Des Moines sport and whereas he didn’t have a ton of shifts he appeared snug in his USHL debut the second wasn’t too huge and he was capable of decide his head up when he received the puck discover the seams and transfer the puck and didn’t exhibit panic or rushed selections. Somebody to keep watch over going ahead as he will get extra ice time and expertise as a late ’05 makes him one of many youthful defenders within the league.”

Choose 16 USA Hockey Participant Improvement Camp, August, 2021

“A cellular, sincere defenseman out of Carolina Jr. Hurricanes who was a bit below the radar heading into camp however confirmed effectively for his first Nationwide Camp. He’s each balanced and fast laterally, he maintains tight gaps and makes use of his stick and physique to defend. He strikes the puck rapidly and effectively on breakouts, he has the athleticism to get off forecheckers and prolong performs and might maintain the offensive blue line. He has good restoration pace which permits him to take probabilities on the blue line and he’s capable of stroll the road, open up lanes and get pucks by way of to the online.”

“He had only one help right here however he led a number of rushes up the ice, patrolled the blue line on the ability play, and was capable of work pucks to the slot and get pictures by way of. He’s good with the puck, values possession and confirmed actual poise by way of the impartial zone. He strikes as effectively backwards as he does forwards, he makes clean pivots and transitions and doesn’t surrender the blue strains simply. Underrated prospect to keep watch over.”

Youth & Junior Hockey Statistics

Participant Season Group League GP Targets Asst Pts PIM +/-
Conner de Haro (D) 2022-23 Youngstown Phantoms USHL 17 0 2 2 8 +5
2021-22 Fox Motors 16U 16U AAA 61 10 38 48
T1EHL 21 3 14 17 14
Group Columbia USA Choose 16 5 0 1 1 0
2020-21 Carolina Jr. Hurricanes 15U 15U AAA 48 8 27 35 16
2019-20 Carolina Jr. Hurricanes 14U 14U AAA 56 10 20 30 52