Position switch doesn’t trip up New Albany’s Appell

The possibility always existed, but New Albany hockey coach Matt Buss said he never discussed a potential position change with senior Colin Appell until tryouts were finished in early November.

Only then, with few defensemen on a 14-player roster, did Buss suggest Appell moving to the other end of the ice from his longtime position of forward.

“We offered it to him and he eagerly took charge,” Buss said. “And now he’s as good a defenseman as I’ve ever had.”

After more than a decade as an offensive player, the senior is finishing his high school career as one of the Eagles’ defensive anchors. He and classmate Josh Hall are on the top line of defensemen in front of freshman goalie Nathan Underhill.

Still, Appell was second on the team in goals with 18 through 27 games, 14 behind leading scorer Colin Carr. New Albany was 13-14 overall entering the Blue Jackets Cup, the CHC’s postseason tournament, and finished 7-8 in league play.

The district tournament begins the weekend of Feb. 18-20.

“He’s meant everything to us, really,” Carr said. “He’s the core of the group. I describe him as an offensive defenseman. He’s good at both (ends). He can do it all. He’s usually out there more than half the (minutes each) game carrying us.

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