Omaha Lancers forward Gage Hough has committed to play collegiate hockey beginning next season at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
“It’s been a long road and I don’t think it’s really set in yet, but it feels great,” said Hough. “I’ve had a lot of help from a lot of people, especially the Omaha Lancers organization…I wouldn’t have this opportunity without them.”
Hough played all but one of the 60 regular season games for the Lancers and had a breakout year offensively with 52 points (24g, 28a), ranking 16th overall in USHL scoring. He also compiled a plus-29 rating, tying for the ninth best mark in the League. Hough recorded five multi-goal efforts this season, including his first USHL hat trick during a 7-5 victory over the rival Lincoln Stars on February 14th.
The Omaha, Nebraska native began his USHL career during the 2010-11 season, playing 23 games for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. He then returned to his hometown to play for the Lancers during the 2012-13 season and totaled 20 points (11g, 9a) in 51 contests. Hough made history when he scored the first goal of the first-ever USHL outdoor game on February 9th, 2013 in Omaha. He would add another goal and dish out an assist in the 4-2 win against Lincoln in the outdoor contest.
Over his USHL career, Hough recorded 76 points (36g, 40a) in 133 regular season contests and added one goal in 11 playoff games.
“We are thrilled for Gage to announce his commitment to UMass-Lowell,” said Lancers Head Coach Brian Kaufman. “He’s been an important leader for us both on and off the ice the past two seasons and his tremendous work ethic will serve him well in the college ranks.”
Four other players that competed in the USHL this season are also committed to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, including Nick Master (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), C.J. Smith (Chicago Steel), Ryan Dmowski (Des Moines Buccaneers), and Tommy Panico (Muskegon Lumberjacks).
The University of Massachusetts-Lowell is a member of Hockey East and had 12 USHL alumni on the River Hawks roster this season; Michael Kapla (Sioux City Musketeers), Joe Gambardella (Des Moines Buccaneers), Dan Furlong (Sioux Falls Stampede), Ryan McGrath (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Josh Holmstrom (Sioux Falls Stampede), Greg Amlong (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Zack Kamrass (Sioux Falls Stampede), Michael Fallon (Chicago/Waterloo), Derek Arnold (Waterloo Black Hawks), Christian Folin (Fargo Force), Jake Suter (Sioux City Musketeers), and Nick Gordon (Sioux City Musketeers).
USHL stats – Gage Hough
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14. A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
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