Omaha Lancers defenseman Hunter Carrick announced his commitment to play college hockey at Penn State University.
“It is a tremendous honor,” Carrick said. “I could not be more excited to be a Nittany Lion.”
The native of Orland Park, IL started this season with the Johnstown Tomahawks in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). While playing with Johnstown the defenseman totaled six points in 16 games.
“The NAHL helped me prepare for the USHL,” Carrick said. “My time in the NAHL was short-lived, but I cherished every day I was there. It was a blast.”
Carrick was then traded to the Lancers in late October and has played a major role with Omaha, who is now on a six-game win streak and is 8-1-1-0 in their last 10 games.
“The USHL is where I wanted to be all along, the goal is to keep climbing the ladder and this was a step in the right direction,” Carrick said. “I will continue working hard so when the day comes that I head to Penn State I am more than ready and capable to dominate.”
Since joining the team in late October, the rookie defenseman has six points in 12 games including a four-game point streak to begin the month of November. Carrick ranks second among all rookie defensemen in scoring, despite playing eight games fewer than leader Tyler Jubenvill.
“Penn State noticed my type of play; skilled, consistent player who plays with grit and needs to win,” Hunter said. “They pursued me because they saw a skilled, intelligent player who plays with jam.”
Carrick is the younger brother of former Team USA defenseman Connor Carrick, now with Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL). Hunter, the youngest of three brothers, could become the first of his brothers to play Division I college hockey.
“I got to see first-hand the culture that they are building there [Penn State],” Carrick said, “The coaching staff is what put them at my number one spot, they are unbelievable coaches and people. I felt very comfortable there, which is very important.”
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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