Omaha Lancers forward Michael Wilson has committed to play college hockey at Army West Point following his USHL career.
“I am really grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Army West Point family,” said Wilson. “I couldn't be more excited to greater my hockey career at such a prestigious university and also continue to better myself as a person.”
Wilson appeared in 34 games for the Lancers this season, dishing out two assists and recording 55 penalty minutes. He made his debut with the Lancers last season as he appeared in one game after the team selected him in Phase Two of the 2013 USHL Draft.
“The Lancers’ coaching staff has made a crucial impact on my hockey career and I can't thank them enough for my first year in Omaha,” Wilson added. “I am looking forward to returning and completing unfinished business this coming season.”
The 19-year-old is a product of Fond du Lac High School in Wisconsin where he had a stellar four-year career, putting up 173 points (88g, 85a) over 94 games to become the school’s all-time leading scorer. He also played for Team Wisconsin in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League.
“We're very happy for Michael," said Lancers head coach Brian Kaufman. “Michael was constantly one of the hardest workers on the team this season. His hard work and dedication will fit in perfectly at Army West Point.”
Wilson joins Lancers teammate Nash Worden who is also committed to Army West Point. Former Lancers goaltender Cole Bruns is currently playing hockey at West Point. Six other USHL alumni were on the roster for the Army West Point Black Knights this season; Christian Pomarico (Muskegon Lumberjacks), James McNulty (Lincoln Stars), Tanner Creel (Tri-City Storm), Tyler Pham (Indiana/Chicago), Joe Llaurado (Dubuque Fighting Saints), and Mike Preston (Indiana/Muskegon).
USHL stats – Michael Wilson
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2014-15. A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters this season are committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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