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Matt Foley commits to Yale University

09/28/2015, 7:15pm CDT

Bloomington Thunder defenseman Matt Foley announces his commitment to Yale University following his junior hockey career.

Bloomington Thunder defenseman Matt Foley announced his commitment to Yale University after being added to their roster for the 2015-16 season on Monday. Foley made his Bloomington debut against the Waterloo Black Hawks.


“It was an incredible day. The first big news was knowing that I made the roster here in Bloomington. I came into the locker room just so excited about that, I wasn’t thinking about anything else,” said Foley who revealed his announcement to Head Coach Dennis Williams on Tuesday evening. “Bloomington is such a good team and the USHL is such a good league that I was flattered to be a part of it. Then to add this on was amazing.”


In regard to the upcoming season and playing for the Thunder, Foley continued, “I know I’ll have my work cut out for me and it doesn’t stop here. I’m excited to get to work and I think we will have a very special year.”


Foley, 20, made the Thunder roster after being selected in the 12th round of the USHL’s Phase II draft this season. Prior to being with the Thunder, Foley played in the BCHL with the Merritt Centennials. As a native of Long Meadow, MA, Foley will be close to his hometown as he plays for the Ivy League university in 2016-17.


Foley played in four preseason games for Bloomington and assisted on one of two Mitchell Mattson (University of North Dakota) power play goals. He adds to a bolstered blue line of vets on the Thunder roster.


“I was in contact with Yale last summer and maintained communication through Green Bay and Madison. Last night they gave me a call and we were both ready to commit to each other,” Foley mentioned about the commitment.


“It’s a huge load off my back for the season. Honestly I’m just excited to be a part of Yale Hockey in the future and go to a prestigious school. To have that part of it out of the way, it allows me to put all my energy and focus into Bloomington Thunder hockey.”


Bloomington now has 18 players on the roster with Division I college commitments and Foley will play in the same conference as many of them. Six players for the Thunder will play in the ECAC for Brown University, Cornell University, Quinnipiac University, St. Lawrence University, and Union College.


“Yale was exactly what I was looking for in college as a student and a player. It’s the complete package,” Foley said about his future school. “They have an outstanding academic tradition, but also hockey has been so strong for them as well. I didn’t think there was anywhere out there that was a better fit for me than Yale.”


The Bulldogs won the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and have made the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament on seven different occasions. Five of those appearances have come in the last 10 years. 13 players from the 2014-15 team were USHL alumni.



USHL Players Committed to Yale University:

Billy Sweezey (Chicago Steel), Nick MacNab (Des Moines Buccaneers), Evan Smith (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Mitchell Smith (Dubuque Fighting Saints), William D’Orsi (Lincoln Stars), Robbie Demontis (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Graham Lillibridge (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Dante Palecco (Muskegon Lumberjacks), and Nolan Aibel (Tri-City Storm).


USHL Alumni on projected 2015-16 Yale University roster:

Charlie Curti (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Adam Larkin (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Ryan Obuchowski (Indiana Ice), Anthony Walsh (Green Bay Gamblers), Mitch Witek (Waterloo Black Hawks), Nolan Aibel (Tri-City Storm), John Baiocco (Fargo Force), Tim Bonner (Tri-City Storm), Frankie DiChiara (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Andrew Gaus (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), John Hayden (Team USA), Ryan Hitchcock (Team USA), J.M. Piotrowski (Sioux Falls Stampede), Joe Snively (Sioux City Musketeers), Stu Wilson (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), and Alex Lyon (Omaha Lancers).

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.

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