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Tri-City Storm forward Blais Richartz announced his commitment to play college hockey at Michigan Tech. Richartz becomes the 22nd player on the Storm’s current roster to announce a commitment to an NCAA Division I hockey program.
Richartz, 17, is currently in his second season with the Tri-City Storm. Richartz has played in 44 of Tri-City’s 48 games this season. He has netted eight goals and recorded six assists for the Storm offense during the 2017-2018 campaign. Richartz has taken only two minor penalties throughout the duration of the season, and has the least amount of penalty minutes on the team for any player who has played 10 games or more. Richartz spent 11 games with the Storm last season, scoring one goal and recording four assists during his time with the team.
“I felt that Michigan Tech gave me a good opportunity to get a great education," said Richartz. Michigan Tech has a great history of success, and they have a great coaching staff, whom I really like. I believe that their program will allow me to further develop as a hockey player. I would like to thank my parents and family for the endless support and encouragement they have given me, as well as the coaches I have had throughout my lifetime who have pushed me to be the person I am today.”
“We are really proud for Blais and his family on his commitment to Michigan Tech," said Tri-City head coach Anthony Noreen. "A college commitment is a very special thing for a player and a family who have worked so hard to achieve this goal. Blais didn’t have the easiest start with us, but he kept working no matter what the circumstance. He got himself into the lineup, then worked his way up in the lineup, and has been one of our most improved players over the course of the season. Blais is incredibly hardworking, has a great release in his shot, and has his best hockey in front of him.”
A native of Menomonie, WI, Richartz was selected by the Storm in the 14th round, 226th overall in the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft and played for the Minnesota Magicians (NAHL), Victory Honda (T1EHL) and Menomonie High (USHS) prior to his time in the 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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