Omaha Lancers goaltender Hayden Hawkey has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Providence College following his USHL career.
“I’m excited, but it’s also a feeling of relief,” said Hawkey. “Knowing that I’m going to a great program with great coaching, [Providence] is going to be an unreal place for my development, to grow as a person, a student and a hockey player.”
Hawkey has had a stellar first season in the USHL and currently leads all League goaltenders with a 1.85 GAA and .929 SV%. He opened the season winning each of his first seven starts, including a shutout in his second appearance when he stopped all 22 shots in the 2-0 win over the Tri-City Storm on October 26th. In late February, he posted back-to-back shutouts, stopping 22 shots in a 1-0 win against the Dubuque Fighting Saints before making 30 saves the following night in a 5-0 victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks. The recently turned 19-year-old earned his 20th victory of the season on Saturday in the 4-1 win against the Des Moines Buccaneers and has now compiled a 20-5-1 so far this season.
The Parker, Colorado native played youth hockey with the Colorado Thunderbirds prior to his time in the USHL. He joined the Lancers after they selected him in Phase Two of the 2013 USHL Draft.
“We’re extremely happy for Hayden and pleased that he’s made his college commitment,” said Lancers head coach Brian Kaufman. “He’s taken full advantage of his opportunities this season and has been great for us in net.”
Hawkey will be joined by Omaha teammates Ryan Tait and Jake Henderson who are also committed to Providence College. Four other current USHL players are also committed to the school, including Dylan McLaughlin (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Brian Pinho (Indiana Ice), Terrance Amorosa (Sioux City Musketeers), and Truman Reed (Youngstown Phantoms).
Providence College is a member of Hockey East and has nine USHL alumni on the Friars roster this season; John Gilmour (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Mark Adams (Chicago Steel), Kyle McKenzie (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Trevor Mingoia (Tri-City Storm), Tom Parisi (Team USA), Stefan Demopoulos (Omaha Lancers), Nick Saracino (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Jon Gillies (Indiana Ice), and Nick Ellis (Des Moines Buccaneers).
USHL stats – Hayden Hawkey
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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