Albin Nilsson, Sioux City Musketeers (courtesy Hickling Images)
The Sioux City Musketeers have yet to play a home game this year, but that hasn’t stopped college scouts from getting their eyes on the team. On Thursday morning, Sioux City forward Albin Nilsson committed to Providence College, joining teammates Parker Ford and Luke Johnson as Musketeers that are committed to the Friars.
When asked why he decided to head out Rhode Island to play college hockey, Nilsson said, “It was just the best fit for me. Everything felt really good when I visited there, the coaching staff, the players, arena, and campus were all top class. It just felt like home.”
“I’m really proud of him and the process he went through to make his decision. Providence is getting a big-time player and person,” said Sioux City head coach Luke Strand, who is excited for Nilsson and knows the Friars are lucky to have him.
Through four games this season Nilsson has one assist and has played a major role down the middle for the Musketeers. In his last game against Cedar Rapids, Nilsson centered the second line with fellow Friar Ford to his right, and the two looked as though they could turn into a deadly combo before long.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. 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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