On Tuesday afternoon, Dubuque Fighting Saints forward Dallas Gerads announced his commitment to play hockey at Minnesota State University-Mankato for the 2017–18 season.
Gerads, a native of Blaine, MN, is in the midst of playing his first season with the Fighting Saints. In February alone, he was named USHL/CCM Forward of the Week, he tallied his first USHL hat trick, and he produced 10 points total (7-3-10). 16 of Gerads’ 24 points on the season have come after January 1, 2016.
“It’s an awesome feeling to finally know where I’m going to school,” Gerads said. “The culture that they have [at Mankato] and everything about what that team and school is about is everything that I’m looking for. It just fit perfectly.”
The Fighting Saints, currently ranked second in the Eastern Conference and the USHL standings, have received consistent production from Gerads, centering linemates Zach Solow and Colin Theisen, since being put on a line together in late January.
“Dallas is a pleasure to coach because of his attitude and effort,” head coach and general manager Jason Lammers said. “He is committed to improving as a person and as a player. We are excited for Dallas, his family, and the Mankato hockey family.”
“The hard work is paying off,” Gerads added. “It has been a great ride here. It’s still going. We still have 14 big games left in the regular season, and we just have to keep working hard and keep doing the right things and focus on this year and the ultimate goal.”
Before his time in Dubuque, Gerads played 64 games with the Rio Grande Killer Bees (NAHL). He currently has 13 goals, 11 assists, and 95 penalty minutes in 43 games of action this season.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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