Monday, June 15, 2020

Former Viper Latta Leaves Chargers For University Of Massachusetts Lowell:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Josh Latta is leaving the University of Alabama Huntsville and transferring to the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Latta was in his first season at the University of Alabama Huntsville before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. In 32 games last season Latta collected (7-goals-11-assists-18-points).

Latta spent parts of two seasons in Vernon (2017-2019) The Salmon Arm Silverbacks traded Latta to Vernon December 30th 2017 for Brandon Whistle. In 68 games with the Vipers Latta collected (20-goals-25-assists-45-points).

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This was posted on the USCHO website:

Alabama Huntsville top scorer Latta transferring to UMass Lowell, may be eligible to play in ’20-21 season

By USCHO Staff

April 23, 2020

Josh Latta, who led Alabama Huntsville in scoring this past season as a freshman, has announced he is transferring to UMass Lowell.

Latta posted seven goals and 18 points over 32 games in 2019-20 with the Chargers.

“Lowell was my first two college hockey games,” Latta told the Lowell Sun. “I was pretty blown away. Obviously they love their River Hawks. We walked out of the tunnel and all you could see was the student section. Not a lot of programs have the passion that UMass Lowell fans have. I’m stoked. I’m really, really excited. A few of the (UML) guys reached out today. Everyone has great things to say and that’s an awesome sign.”

The River Hawks swept the Chargers at Tsongas Center in two games last October.

Latta will be eligible to play next season for the River Hawks if a new NCAA transfer rule is passed in May. If the rule is not passed, Latta will start with UML with the 2021-22 season.

Also in the Sun report, Lowell coach Norm Bazin said sophomore goaltender Eric Green, sophomore defenseman Cale List and sophomore forward Derek Osik have left the team and will look to transfer, while junior forward Chris Schutz, who will graduate in May, could have returned for one more season but will play pro hockey next season in Europe.

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