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Buccaneers Defenseman Commits to University of Connecticut

04/29/2014, 3:00pm CDT
By bwerger

Des Moines Buccaneers defenseman David Drake has committed to play college hockey at the University of Connecticut following his USHL career.

The 6-4 defenseman dished out five assists over 51 games this season for the Buccaneers.  It was his second year in Des Moines after appearing in 12 games last year for the Bucs, which included scoring his first USHL goal.  After the season, he was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the seventh round (192nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

The 19-year-old from Naperville, Illinois played youth hockey with the Chicago Fury organization prior to coming to Des Moines. 

Drake joins Bucs teammate Brendan Shane who is also committed to the University of Connecticut.  Four other players that competed in the USHL also have plans to play hockey at the school; Will Garin (Tri-City Storm), Tyson McLellan (Waterloo Black Hawks), Derek Pratt (Waterloo Black Hawks), and Anthony Siderio (Youngstown Phantoms).

The University of Connecticut was a member this season of the Atlantic Hockey Association and had six USHL alumni on the roster; Christian Neumann (Chicago Steel), Billy Latta (Chicago/Sioux City), Brent Norris (Youngstown Phantoms), Patrick Kirtland (Des Moines Buccaneers), Brett Skibba (Green Bay Gamblers), and Ben Oskroba (Lincoln Stars).  Connecticut will join Hockey East beginning with the 2014-15 season.

USHL stats – David Drake


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 (

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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