Incoming Sioux City Musketeers forward Sampo Ranta announced his commitment to play college hockey at the University of Wisconsin following his junior career. Ranta is a 2016 tender and will play for Sioux City next season.
Ranta will join fellow countrymen Eeli Tolvanen and Aapeli Räsänen in Sioux City, as the three Finnish forwards look to form instant chemistry on the ice. Ranta expressed his interested in college hockey earlier this year when he signed his tender with the Musketeers.
“I want to go to college and finish my school,” said Ranta. “I think USHL is a terrific league and it’s a good opportunity to go to college.”
The USHL continues to build upon its college hockey development success as the league reached a milestone 400+ college commits in one season for the first time in its history during the 2015-16 season. The Sioux City Musketeers finished the season with 21 NCAA Division I commits last season.
Ranta has already visited Sioux City, IA and recently participated in the Musketeers summer camp.
“I really like Sioux City,” Ranta said. “I think it’s a good organization with good coaches and think the players are good guys. A couple of my friends play in the USHL so that’s when I heard about it first. They all have good things to say about the team.”
Ranta is a Naantali, Finland native and previously played for EC Salzburg and TPS U16 program.
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.