Over the course of a week in late October, five North American Hockey League players have made NCAA Division 1 commitments, bringing the current season total to 73 players.
This comes on the heels of another record-breaking season for America’s oldest junior hockey league. The NAHL saw 305 college commitments (to both NCAA Division 1 and 3 levels) from September 2016 through August 2017 for its 2016-17 players, an all-time high for the only Tier-2 junior hockey league fully sanctioned by USA Hockey.
Bismarck Bobcats first-year forward Adam Stacho has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at American International College starting with the 2019-20 season.
Selected in the second round of the 2017 NAHL Draft by the Bobcats, Stacho is currently sixth on the team in scoring with nine points (5g, 4a) in 13 appearances. Stacho spent the entire 2016-17 season with Team Slovakia’s Under-18 squad. This included five games played at the IIHF World Under-18 Championships. He is also a hopeful to make the Slovakian roster at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, N.Y.
Northeast Generals forward Louis Boudon has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Lake Superior State in the WCHA.
Boudon, 19, came to the Northeast Generals as their NA3HL tender after spending a season with the Metro Jets.
In 46 games with the Jets last season, Boudon (5-feet-11-inch, 165 pounds) put up amazing numbers.
Finishing the year with 38 goals and 43 assists for 81 points. The amazing season was good enough for a slew of awards including NA3HL MVP. He additionally was named East Division Forward of the Year and named to the All-NA3HL First Team.
The native of Grenoble, France, was able to parlay his great NA3HL season into an early tender by the Northeast Generals. (Read more about Louis Boudon and the Generals on Page 23 of this issue).
Fairbanks Ice Dogs defenseman Nolan Schaeffer has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey. He will join Robert Morris University, members of Atlantic Hockey. Schaeffer, 20, is in his fourth and final season playing junior hockey, with the past two seasons being with the Ice Dogs.
The native of Marshall, Minn., is off to a good start this season with five points in 10 games played. Schaeffer (6-3/220) spent the entire 2016-17 season with the Ice Dogs, recording 13 points in 53 regular season games. Schaeffer also has experience playing in the NAHL for the Minnesota Magicians and Coulee Region Chill.
He spent the entire 2014-15 season with the Magicians. He made his NAHL debut with the Chill in the spring of 2014.
Johnstown Tomahawks defenseman Andrew Quetell has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for Army for the 2019-20 season.
Quetell, a Cleveland, Ohio, native, is in his second season with the Tomahawks. Quetell, 19, has appeared in five games this season with Johnstown and recorded two assists.
Overall in his NAHL career, Quetell (6-1/180) has suited up for 65 career games, earning one goal and 13 assists.
Minnesota Magicians defenseman Josh Luedtke, 17, has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey. He’ll skate for Northern Michigan University in the WCHA.
The native of Minnetonka, Minn., began the season playing for the Magicians and appeared in two games at the NAHL Showcase. Luedtke (5-8/154) made his NAHL debut against the Lone Star Brahmas on Sept. 22. The next night, he also played in the Magicians’ game against the NTDP 17-Team.
Luedtke played for the Minnesota Blades 18U team during the first NAPHL event of the season at the NAHL Showcase, where he had four points in four games.
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