It’s a family tradition when Carson Meyer talks about Miami University. His sister, Hayley, attends the school. Meyer’s grandparents are also Miami graduates.
Once he arrived in Oxford, OH on Monday, Meyer says he only needed 20 minutes to make his mind up that he wanted to spend his collegiate career playing hockey for the RedHawks. Late Monday, he made his commitment official.
“I went to Miami hockey camps for five or six straight years,” said Meyer. “Once I got on campus it just felt right.”
Meyer has had a whirlwind few months; back in August, he moved nearly 1,000 miles west from his hometown of Powell, OH to central Nebraska.
“I didn’t really realize how much I loved Ohio until I got back,” explained Meyer. “It felt like home.”
Meyer, 18, is in his first USHL campaign and coming off one of the best seasons in his budding career. Last season, he led the T1EHL in points, 51, while playing for the Ohio Blue Jackets. Meyer’s team played in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ practice facility, attached to the NHL team’s home rink, Nationwide Arena.
“I worked out with [Blue Jackets and former Lincoln Stars forward] Jared Boll all summer,” said Meyer. “It’s really cool to see how the work players put in the gym pays off on the ice.”
This season, Meyer leads the Storm with four goals and is tied for second on the team with five points.
“He’s been very good offensively, shown a knack to score and we look forward to continue helping him develop to be successful in college,” said Bill Muckalt, Head Coach and General Manager of the Storm.
Meyer joins Storm forward Brian Hawkinson as a Miami (OH) commit. Former Storm players Jarod Palmer (2004-06) and Cody Murphy (2009-11) played in Oxford, OH. Palmer played six games for the Minnesota Wild in 2011-12.
“Growing up going to those games as a kid, it was always a dream of mine,” said Meyer.
USHL PLAYERS CURRENTLY COMMITTED TO MIAMI UNIVERSITY:
Austin Alger (Omaha Lancers), Karch Bachman (Chicago Steel), Grant Frederic (Green Bay Gamblers), Gordon Green (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Brian Hawkinson (Tri-City Storm), Joey Keane (Dubuque Fighting Saints), William Knierim (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Ryan Larkin (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), and Chaz Switzer (Sioux Falls Stampede).
USHL ALUMNI ON 2015-16 MIAMI UNIVERSITY ROSTER:
Jay Williams (Sioux Falls Stampede), Taylor Richart (Fargo Force), Chris Joyaux (Chicago Steel), Matthew Caito (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Sean Kuraly (Indiana Ice), Alex Gacek (Youngstown Phantoms), Kevin Morris (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Ryan McKay (Green Bay Gamblers), Devin Loe (Fargo Force), Anthony Louis (Team USA), Colin Sullivan (Green Bay Gamblers), Louis Belpedio (Team USA), Scott Dombrock (Omaha Lancers), Conor Lemirande (Youngstown Phantoms), Ryan Siroky (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Zach Lavaile (Chicago Steel), Josh Melnick (Youngstown Phantoms), Kiefer Sherwood (Youngstown Phantoms), Grant Hulton (Des Moines Buccaneers), and Jack Roslovic (Team USA).
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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