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TJ Walsh Commits to Northeastern University

11/28/2018, 12:15pm CST
By Ben Gislason, Des Moines Buccaneers

Massachusetts native in midst of a breakout season with Des Moines.

TJ Walsh, Des Moines Buccaneers (courtesy Hickling Images)

Des Moines Buccaneers forward TJ Walsh announced his commitment to Northeastern University this morning.


“I am excited to be a part of the historic program at Northeastern,” Walsh said. “Thanks to my family, friends and teammates for all the support!” 


Formerly a tender selection by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Walsh was acquired over the summer by the Buccaneers via trade and has had a breakout year so far in his third USHL season. Walsh is currently second on the team in scoring and eight overall in the USHL with 22 points. 


“We are thrilled for TJ and his family,” Des Moines General Manager Tom Mannino said. “Since coming to Des Moines, TJ has worked very hard to be a consistent producer and deserves this commitment. His leadership on and off the ice is something that will carry over when he joins Coach Madigan and the Huskies.”


Walsh is the second Buccaneer to commit to Northeastern University, joining Bucs’ defenseman and Edmonton Oilers prospect Michael Kesselring, and is the third Des Moines player to make his college commitment this week.


“We’re very happy for TJ in his commitment to Northeastern,” Buccaneers Head Coach Gene Reilly said. “We feel he will be a tremendous asset to their program due to his unique style of play.” 

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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