One of the top scorers on the New Jerseys Titans’ roster last season is taking his talents to western New York.
By Steve Stein
Forward Gordie Helmuth has committed to the State University of New York at Geneseo, an NCAA Division 3 program.
Helmuth, 21, said he was honored to sign up with a storied and successful hockey program like Geneseo. The Knights made the Division 3 Frozen Four in 2014 and 2016.
“I felt playing at Geneseo State would give me my best chance at winning a ring,” said the Royal Oak, Mich., native. “Plus, the school loves its hockey program. That also made it a no-brainer for me to decide to go there.”
Making his college choice is a relief for Helmuth.
“It’s a nice feeling to know what my hockey future looks like. I feel some weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” he said. “The coaches at Geneseo expect me to compete every day, develop my game, and bring what offense I can throughout my time there.”
Geneseo competes in the State University of New York Athletic Conference. Geneseo grad Chris Schultz (’97) is head coach, and he is heading into his 12th season at the helm.
Titans coach Craig Doremus said the organization is happy for Helmuth and proud to send him off to college.
“Coach Schultz is getting a great hockey player and young man,” Doremus said. “Gordie was instrumental in our success last season. His ability to contribute big time offense allowed our team to play our style correctly.
“Gordie was a force for us on our power play from Day 1. Adding him to our team in September gave us the depth and strength down the middle we felt we needed,” Doremus added.
Doremus said he’s certain Helmuth’s best hockey is in front of him.
“Gordie wants to get better and he has a high hockey IQ,” he said.
“I truly believe he’ll become a staple in Geneseo’s lineup and make a major impact there all four years.”
Helmuth had similar high praise for the Titans.
“Playing for the Titans helped me play with more speed and tempo,” he said. “The Titans developed my game top to bottom from the first day I got there.”
Helmuth had a great 2016-17 season with the Titans, scoring 20 goals and dishing out 30 assists for 50 points, second on the North American Hockey League team.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder played in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the East Division. He picked up two points in two games.
Helmuth is a product of the acclaimed Detroit Little Caesars youth hockey program.
“Playing such competitive hockey in that program helped get me ready for juniors,” he said.
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