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Phantoms Forward Commits to Miami University

02/26/2014, 12:00pm CST
By bwerger

The Youngstown Phantoms announced that forward Conor Lemirande will play collegiate hockey beginning next season at Miami University.

"Miami is a great place," said Lemirande. "The guys there are unbelievable, they have great facilities, and, their staff is first class."

Lemirande has scored 14 points (5g, 9a) while racking up 119 penalty minutes for the Phantoms this season.  He has netted four of his five goals this season over the last 10 games, and the Phantoms have won each of the last three games in which he scored a goal.  The 20-year-old was selected by Youngstown in Phase Two of the 2013 USHL Draft.  He had appeared in two games last season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks. 

The Janesville, Wisconsin native is one of the biggest players in the USHL, standing at 6-5 and weighing 235 pounds.  He played youth hockey for the Madison Capitols AAA organization before spending the last two seasons in the NAHL with his hometown Janesville Jets.

"Of any of the commitments that guys have been able to achieve since our staff has been here, this is probably one of the ones that we're most proud of," said Phantoms Head Coach and General Manager Anthony Noreen. "It was getting pretty late in the game for Conor as a 20-year-old. I give huge credit to Miami for recognizing, respecting, and coveting what he is as a player, but probably even more so as a person."

Lemirande is joined by Phantoms teammate Kiefer Sherwood who is also committed to Miami University.  Four other current USHL players will attend the school; Ryan Siroky (Green Bay Gamblers), Chaz Switzer (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Louis Belpedio (Team USA), and Jack Roslovic (Team USA).

Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio and is a member of the newly-formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference.  All but three of the 27 players on the RedHawks roster this season are alumni of the USHL; Jay Williams (Sioux Falls/Waterloo), Taylor Richart (Fargo Force), Matt Joyaux (Chicago Steel), Chris Joyaux (Chicago/Des Moines/Tri-City), Austin Czarnik (Green Bay/Team USA), Matt Caito (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Sean Kuraly (Indiana Ice), Alex Wideman (Indiana Ice), Riley Barber (Team USA/Dubuque), Alex Gacek (Youngstown/Indiana), Cody Murphy (Tri-City/Cedar Rapids), Bryon Paulazzo (Indiana Ice), John Doherty (Indiana/Dubuque), Max Cook (Indiana/Green Bay), Jimmy Mullin (Fargo Force), Johnny Wingels (Chicago Steel), Kevin Morris (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Blake Coleman (Indiana Ice), Ben Paulides (Youngstown Phantoms), Devin Loe (Fargo Force), Andrew Schmit (Lincoln/Chicago), Ryan McKay (Green Bay Gamblers), Trevor Hamilton (Team USA), and Anthony Louis (Team USA).

USHL stats – Conor Lemirande


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 or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

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