Waterloo Black Hawks forward Brock Boeser has committed to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota following his USHL career.
Boeser has been one of the most sought after recruits in the USHL this season, putting up 41 points (23g, 18a) through 37 games for Waterloo. His point total is currently tied for ninth in the USHL while his 23 goals are tied for the third-most in the League. The forward has also been one of the top producers on the power play as he is tied for the League lead with 11 power play goals, equal to Chris Wilkie of the Tri-City Storm, another University of North Dakota commit.
Boeser opened the season with points in his first six games (6g, 3a) before notching his first USHL career hat trick in the 6-4 win over the Lincoln Stars on October 31st, 2014. He has eight multi-goal efforts this season, including three straight during a five-game goal streak earlier this year in which he totaled eight goals.
The forward is a product of Burnsville High School in Minnesota and first broke into the USHL last season, putting up five points (3g, 2a) over eight games for the Sioux City Musketeers. He celebrates his 18th birthday later this month and is one of the top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft. Boeser recently played in the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, and he was a member of the U.S. Junior Select Team, made up of entirely USHL players, that won gold at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge.
“Brock is going to a place where there is great tradition and great intensity for hockey,” said Black Hawks head coach P.K. O’Handley. “I hope one day that he will have the opportunity to play at the highest level, and the lessons he learns on and off the ice at North Dakota can help him get there.”
Boeser is joined by Waterloo teammate Hayden Shaw who is also committed to the University of North Dakota. Nine other players that have competed in the USHL this season are also committed to the school; Mark Senden (Des Moines Buccaneers), Dixon Bowen (Fargo Force), Christian Cakebread (Fargo Force), Zach Yon (Fargo Force), Christian Wolanin (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Shane Gersich (Omaha Lancers), Joel Janatuinen (Sioux City Musketeers), Christian Evers (Team USA), and Chris Wilkie (Tri-City Storm).
The University of North Dakota is a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) and has 18 USHL alumni on the roster this season; Tucker Poolman (Omaha Lancers), Keaton Thompson (Team USA/Fargo), Nick Mattson (Indiana Ice), Paul LaDue (Lincoln Stars), Nick Schmaltz (Green Bay Gamblers), Drake Caggiula (Des Moines Buccaneers), John Simonson (Lincoln Stars), Trevor Olson (Sioux City Musketeers), Austin Poganski (Tri-City Storm), Michael Parks (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Colten St. Clair (Fargo Force), Gage Ausmus (Team USA), Andrew Panzarella (Waterloo/Tri-City/Des Moines), Jordan Schmaltz (Green Bay/Sioux City), Luke Johnson (Lincoln Stars), Bryn Chyzyk (Fargo Force), Zane McIntyre (Fargo Force), and Cam Johnson (Fargo/Waterloo).
Additionally, North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol coached in the USHL with the Sioux City Musketeers for four seasons (1996-2000).
USHL stats – Brock Boeser
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2014-15. A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 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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