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Matthew Paling ‘23 Recruiting Profile

  • Upper Cape Tech
  • Wareham, MA
  • Men's Ice Hockey
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Matthew Paling's Men's Ice Hockey Recruiting Profile
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High School
  • 2020 Highlights

Personal Statement

My ambition in life is to attend college and play hockey at a high level. I plan on pursuing a degree in Education. Having two older brothers who played hockey, it seemed only natural for me to play. I have been on the ice since I was three years old and being on the ice is where I truly feel at home.  Opportunities were sometimes limited because of finances, but that has never stopped me.  In addition to my own teams, my brothers’ coaches would often allow me to practice with their teams.

It is on the ice that I have learned my most valuable life lessons.  Hockey has taught me the importance of respecting my coaches, teammates, opponents, and myself. It is here that I have learned to be a more responsible person. It has taught me the importance of managing my time efficiently in order to ensure I am successful both on the ice and in the classroom.  Most importantly, I have learned about teamwork and leadership. I understand it is not always just about being the best player, but more importantly to be the best teammate. For me personally, hockey has always been the place where I have built my strongest friendships. Whether it is playing in an intense championship game, or pick-up hockey on the bog the people I play with have become like family.

I think if you were to ask my coaches what kind of hockey player I am they would tell you I am a fierce competitor with speed and strength.  I have strong stick-handling and puck control skills with the ability to shoot the puck. But what sets me apart from the others is my ability to gain the respect of my teammates and inspire them to play their best hockey.

 Although playing in the NHL has always been a dream of mine, I still understand the importance of pursuing a higher education and I am continually striving to excel both in the classroom and on the ice. Hockey has shaped the person I am today and I will be forever grateful for my time on the ice.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 2 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 2 years
  • 2020 Club/Travel Team
  • Starter - Jersey:
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #8
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Conference
  • Team Awards:
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #46
  • Individual Awards:
    Rookie of the Year
  • Team Awards:
    Conference 2nd Place, Started Varsity as an eighth grader

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 9 seasons
  • 2020 Top Hockey Prospects (Men's Ice Hockey)
  • 2018 Middleboro Junior High School (AA)
  • 2018 South Coast Panthers (AAA)
  • Notes: State Championship Finalist
  • 2017 Gateway Gladiators (AA)
  • Notes: Played Bantams as a Pee Wee
  • 2016 Middleboro Junior High Sachems (AA)
  • 2016 Gateway Gladiators (A)
  • Notes: Yankee Conference Champions All Star Selection
  • 2015 Gateway Gladiators (A)
  • Notes: Yankee Conference League Champion Runner-up All Star Selection
  • 2014 Cape Cod Canal Sharks (AA)
  • Notes: South Shore League Champion State Champion Finalist
  • 2014 Gateway Gladiators (A)
  • Notes: Yankee Conference League Champion Runner-up Cranberry Tournament Champion All Star Selection

Coach References

  • Tony DeSilva
  • Club Coach
  • Micah Kidney
  • Club Coach
  • Dave Ribeiro
  • Club Coach
  • Howie Ladd
  • High School Head Coach
  • Rich Valatkevicz

Additional Sports

  • Baseball
  • F
  • 8 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • 2014 League Champion Runner-up 2015 League Champions Homerun
  • Track
  • 1 Year
  • Varsity Team
  • Martial Arts
  • F
  • 4 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • 2013 NAGA Tournament Silver Gi Division Silver



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High School Information

High School:
Upper Cape Tech

Academic Accomplishments

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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • 2020 Honor Role
  • Activity
    • Alter Server Carpentry

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Statistic 2019 Varsity Te 2018 Middleboro 2018 South Coas 2017 Gateway Gl 2016 Gateway Gl 2015 Gateway Gl 2014 Cape Cod C
Assists 15 16 12 18 19 21 18
Game Winning Goals 3
Goals 18 19 18 22 37 32 20
Points 33 35 30 51 56 53 38
Short Handed Goals 2
Games Played 18 17 26 37 26 28
Record 9-11 13-5-1 17-8-1 13-11-2 33-1-3 21-4-1 22-5-1
Statistic 2014 Gateway Gl
Assists 15
Goals 21
Points 46
Games Played 27
Record 23-1-3


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