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Jonny Russell Commits to Brown University

12/07/2018, 3:15pm CST
By Ben Gislason, Des Moines Buccaneers

Michigan native has been an important leader in for Des Moines this season.

Jonny Russell, Des Moines Buccaneers

Des Moines Buccaneers forward Jonny Russell announced his commitment to Brown University this morning.


“I love the area and the school,” Russell said. “A huge thank you to my family and all the people who have helped me during my hockey career so far to get me where I am.”


Russell comes off a banner year last season in the NAHL where he won the South Division’s Forward of the Year tallying 31 goals and 17 assists, splitting time between the Amarillo Bulls and Lone Star Brahmas. The Bucs selected him in the 3rd Round of the 2018 USHL Phase II Draft.


“What a great opportunity for Jonny to excel both on the ice and in the classroom at Brown," Des Moines general manager Tom Mannino said. "He’s been a consistent leader since coming to the Bucs and his dedication is paying off. We look forward to watching him compete for the Bears."


As one of the 20-year-olds on the roster, Jonny has been an important part of the leadership structure for Des Moines, even though most of his leadership has been away from the ice so far this season.


“Jonny is a quality individual and we are thrilled for him,” Buccaneers head coach Gene Reilly said. “He is an exemplary player and person and will have a great impact on Brown’s program when he arrives.”

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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