Chippewa forward Grainda makes NCAA DI commitment
The Chippewa Steel of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that Top Prospects forward and NAPHL alum J.J. Grainda has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Stonehill College.
Grainda, 20, is in his second season of playing junior hockey in the NAHL. The 6’3/190 lbs. native of Carmel, IN, is currently having a great season with the Steel, having recorded a career-high 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists) in 50 regular season games played to date.
“I am extremely excited and proud to announce my commitment to play Division I hockey and further my education at Stonehill College! I would like to thank my family, coaches, teammates, and friends for helping me achieve this new chapter in my life,” said Grainda.
Grainda was also selected to and played in the 2023 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Midwest Division team, where he had a goal in two games played.
“I am thrilled for JJ and his family. His determination, work ethic and focus is unmatched. He is fully committed to being a hockey player and glad to see his hard work pay off. Stonehill got a good one!” said Steel head coach Casey Mignone.
During his rookie season in 2021-22, Grainda put up 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists) in 59 games played.
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Grainda played a season in the NAPHL for the Indy Jr. Fuel 18U team, where he recorded 16 points in 23 regular season games played during the 2020-21 season. He also recorded six points in three Dixon Cup Playoff games.