Simon Kjellberg, Dubuque Fighting Saints (courtesy Hickling Images)
Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman Simon Kjellberg announced his commitment to RPI on Thursday afternoon. The Falun, SWE native and New York Rangers draft pick is in his first season with the Fighting Saints. RPI, located in Troy, New York is a member of the ECAC Hockey Conference.
Kjellberg, who has been with the Saints since he was selected in the second round of the Phase II Draft, is a smooth skating defenseman who has shown good growth during the start of the season. Kjellberg has been a consistent presence in the Saints lineup, starting and playing in all 13 games so far this season.
“We are obviously very happy for [Simon],” Dubuque head coach Oliver David said. “Part of the process coming over from Europe is to showcase yourself for colleges. RPI clearly thought that he had done a good job of that this season already. We are excited for him and also look forward to his continued development this season.”
Kjellberg plays a clean style of defensive hockey, using his skating to make plays. This season for the Fighting Saints, Kjellberg has tallied an assist and has been very disciplined defensively as he is one of only three Saints to play in more than five games and not take a penalty. Kjellberg becomes the second Fighting Saint to commit during the 2018-19 regular season. He was selected in the sixth round, 163rd overall by the Rangers at the 2018 NHL Draft.
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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