Youngstown Phantoms forward Chase Gresock has announced his commitment to play for Merrimack College following his junior hockey career.
The 6’0 195 lbs. forward hails from Powell, OH and joined the Phantoms last season for his senior year of high school. Gresock played 52 games with the Phantoms last year, scoring 12 goals and 16 points in his first USHL season.
“I’m excited about this wonderful opportunity to not only strive academically but to also compete in arguably the best conference in college hockey,” said Gresock. “I feel my time in Youngstown has prepared me to compete at the next level, because of the hard work and the coaching staff. I chose Merrimack because it’s a great fit for me and I feel that my talent and abilities will have the biggest impact there.”
Gresock was drafted by the Phantoms in the 2015 USHL Phase II Draft where he was the club’s 13th round selection, 211th overall. Prior to his USHL career, Gresock played for the Ohio Blue Jackets AAA program.
“Chase is a great story as an Ohio born and developed player and very good athlete who excelled in baseball and hockey before placing his full focus on hockey the last two years,” said Phantoms’ General Manager Jason Koehler. “In our eyes, he has the ability to continue to grow as a player and improve greatly the next few seasons as a power forward and I believe the staff at Merrimack saw that and jumped at the right time.”
“Chase is a solid mix of heavy hitting and a goal-scorer that should keep the fans, staff and his teammates happy. The staff at Merrimack (head coach Mark Dennehy and assistant coaches Curtis Carr and Bill Gilligan) will do a great job with Chase and hopefully take him to another level at the college game once he arrives in North Andover.”
Former Phantoms Dominic Dockery, Tyler Drevitch, Alex Carle, Jonathan Kovacevic, Patrick Kramer, Alfred Larsson, Laine McKay, and Ludvig Larsson are all currently attending Merrimack College which is located in North Andover, Massachusetts.
Merrimack plays in the Hockey East Conference and their Assistant Coach, Curtis Carr, is a former Assistant Coach and Head Coach of the Youngstown Phantoms from the organization’s time in the NAHL and USHL.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 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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