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Lincoln Stars forward Gustaf Westlund has announced his commitment to Ohio State University.
“I really wanted to go to a school where I knew that opportunity [to play] was one of the main factors and where I felt a good connection to the staff,” said Westlund. “When I went there for my visit, I just felt like this is a good place to be.”
Westlund, 20, has tallied five goals and 11 assists for 16 points with one power play goal through 28 games with the Stars this season. The Stockholm, Sweden native owns four multi-point games this season, including his first career two-goal night on January 6 against Sioux City. Through 87 career USHL games, Westlund totalled 13 goals and 38 assists for 51 points with five power play goals, one game-winning goal and a +11 rating over two seasons.
Westlund will join current teammate Collin Peters next season as well as alums Miguel Fidler and Tanner Laczynski.
“I think they’re doing a great job. They’re pretty high in the rankings right now, which is really good," Westlund continued. "Hopefully I can contribute to that. It’ll be nice to have [Peters] there, but at the end of the day it’s about my development. I do think having [Peters] there will be great.”
After his first season in the United States with The Gunnery Prep in 2015-16, the 6-foot-1, 171-pound forward was drafted 27th overall (2nd Round) by the Stars in the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft.
Westlund becomes the third player this season to commit to a NCAA Division I program. Currently, 17 active Stars players are committed to a collegiate program.
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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