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Eric Otto Commits to AIC

02/26/2018, 12:15pm CST
By Rob Sanderson, Chicago Steel

Minnesota native is 18th player on the Steel to commit to a Division 1 program.

Chicago Steel center Eric Otto has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the American International College Yellow Jackets (Atlantic Hockey) in Springfield, Mass. Otto, 20, is the 18th player on the current Steel roster to commit to a Division I hockey program.


“I am really excited to be a part of this amazing program,” said Otto. “I am very thankful for this opportunity.”

The 6-foot-2, 179-pound forward was acquired by the Steel in a Feb. 13 trade with the Des Moines Buccaneers. A native of Burnsville, Minn., Otto served as team captain for the Buccaneers, with whom he played his first 75 career USHL games, before debuting for the Steel two weeks ago.


“This is a great opportunity for Eric and we are very happy for him,” said Steel Interim Head Coach and Assistant General Manager Ryan Cruthers. “He is going to a program that has a great coaching staff and a very bright future.”


In 79 career games, Otto has recorded 22 points (10G, 12A). Prior to his time in the USHL, he played for the Minnesota Magicians (NAHL) and Burnsville High (USHS).

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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