Each Wednesday we look to highlight commitments made across college hockey. I will try to predict when a player will arrive on campus but as we all know that can be flexible in NCAA Hockey. Check below to review the commitments made since July 5.
Moe Acee, CP Dynamo AAA- St. Lawrence. Acee, a New York native, is already 6’1″ 185 pounds as a 16 year old rising defensemen. Acee put up a 10-17-27 scoring line in 49 games played for the CP Dynamo U16 AAA program last season. Acee attended the USHL Buffalo Showcase and currently has his rights for next season available. He was selected by the Kitchener Rangers in the 10th round of the OHL Priority Draft and seems a pretty safe bet to make it to St. Lawrence. I would target Acee to arrive to Canton, NY in 2019-20.
Wyatt Bongiovanni, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)- Quinnipiac. Bongiovanni, a Michigan native, will be entering his 3rd USHL season (with his 3rd team) next season as an 18 year old. Bongiovanni was extremely talented as a young player, going 3rd overall in the 2015 USHL Futures Draft to Des Moines, but has not quite shown an ability to contribute with high offensive numbers as a younger player in the USHL. Quinnipiac will be hoping he adds more offensive punch as an older player next season in Muskegon, to his already excellent defensive coverage as a center.
Brian Chambers, Northeast Generals (NAHL)- UMass-Lowell. Chambers, a Massachusetts native, played 12 games last season while also skating for the Boston Advantage U18 team. Chambers posted a 3-1-4 scoring line in those 12 games and will likely play a larger role with a full season in Hanover, MA.
Devin Cooley, Wenatchee Wild (BCHL)- Denver. Cooley, a 20 year old goaltender from Los Gatos, CA, has committed to Denver for the 2018-19 season. Cooley is a tall lanky goaltender listed at 6’5″ 180 pounds who split last season between Wenatchee and the Springfield Jr. Blues of the NAHL. Cooley struggled in Wenatchee posting below a .890 save percentage but did enough to earn a spot at the 2017 National Champion Denver.
Zach Faremouth, Compuware U16 AAA- Western Michigan. Faremouth was a solid, physical defensemen for the U16 national champion Compuware team this past season, parlaying that into a spot at Western Michigan University. Faremouth fits the WMU mold well as he is 6’1′ 192 pounds at 17 years old and plays a physical brand of hockey. Faremouth was selected by Muskegon (USHL) and Shreveport (NAHL) this season so he will have a choice on where he continues his development. Faremouth could come to campus in 2018-19 but I think it is more likely he will arrive in Kalamazoo in 2019-20.
Travis Kothenbeutel, Austin Bruins (NAHL)- Nebraska-Omaha. Kothenbeutel, a Sauk Rapids, MN native, is a forward from the Austin Bruins who just wrapped up a season with near one point per game statistics. Kothenbeutel will turn 21 in January making him eligible for one more season in Austin before embarking on his college career in Omaha.
Mike Posma, North Jersey Avalanche AAA- Air Force. Posma, a New York native, has committed to the Air Force Academy as a 16 year old. Posma led his North Jersey Avalanche squad in scoring, with 70 points in 28 games in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League.
Hank Sorensen, Waterloo Black Hawks- Alabama-Huntsville. Sorensen from Plymouth, MN is a defensemen who just wrapped up his first full USHL season in Waterloo after a high school career at Wayzata. Sorensen racked up 105 penalty minutes in just 41 games last season so he will be expected to bring an edge to Huntsville. He is expected to arrive on campus in the 2018-19 season.
Nolan Sullivan, Aberdeen Wings (NAHL)- Nebraska-Omaha. Sullivan, 18 years old from Eden Prairie, MN, recently committed to the Mavericks of Nebraska-Omaha. Sullivan was the captain of the Eden Prairie Eagles this past season, a team featuring Casey Mittelstadt who was selected 8th overall in the 2017 NHL draft. Sullivan, a 5’11” forward, registered 17 goals, and 21 assists for 38 points in 25 games played. Sullivan will spend next season in junior (his rights are held by Aberdeen in the NAHL and Muskegon in the USHL) before arriving in Omaha for 2018-19.
Aidan Thompson, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders 14U- Denver. The reigning national champions picked up a long way off future commit from 15 year old Aidan Thompson this past week. Thompson, a Fort Collins, CO native, was selected in the 7th round of the WHL draft. Thompson led his team in points this past season and a Colorado state title defeating the Colorado Thunderbirds (the RoughRiders would go 0-3 at USA Hockey Tier 1 Nationals). Thompson currently does not have his rights held by a USHL or NAHL franchise and will likely be progressing through the RoughRiders organization at this time.