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Stephen Halliday Announces Commitment to University of North Dakota

08/10/2018, 9:00am CDT
By Dan Corcoran, Central Illinois Flying Aces

Top overall pick in 2018 Phase I Draft will be first player in Central Illinois history to play at storied program.

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Central Illinois Flying Aces forward Stephen Halliday has announced his commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey at the University of North Dakota.


The first overall pick in the 2018 USHL Phase I Draft, Halliday is the first Flying Aces player or prospect to commit ahead of the 2018-19 season.


A 6-foot-3, 203-pound winger, Halliday became the first No. 1 overall Phase I pick in team history when Central Illinois selected him at this year’s USHL Draft. He is set to be the Flying Aces’ first Phase I pick to play a full season for the team in the season immediately following his draft selection.


Halliday, a native of Toronto, Ontario, is coming off a big season for the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget AAA (GTMMHL), a campaign that saw him lead the team in goals, assists and points. He finished fourth overall in the league in scoring with his 83 points on 36 goals and 47 assists in just 59 games.


Halliday is currently committed to North Dakota for the 2020-21 season. A projected first-round pick for the 2020 NHL Draft, Halliday will be the first player in team history to play for the storied Fighting Hawks program, a school that featured 19 USHL alumni on its roster last season. 


The Flying Aces had 35 former players compete at the NCAA Division I level during the 2017-18 season, a figure that will exceed 40 for the first time in team history for the 2018-19 college hockey campaign.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrated its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, 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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