Eight Granite City players make college plans

Apr 27, 2014

APRIL 17, 2014

Granite City goalie Austin Wilson was one of eight Lumberjacks players to recently make plans to play college hockey.

The Granite City Lumberjacks of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that several members of the 2013-14 team have made college commitments. The list includes eight different players, five of which have committed to NCAA Division III schools.

Leading the list is leading scorer Drew Otto, who will play NCAA DIII hockey for St. Olaf in Minnesota. Otto had 71 points this season and in his two-year NA3HL career, he scored 134 points in just 89 games played.

The Lumberjacks second leading scorer, Aidan Verbeke, is headed to Brockport University in the NCAA DIII SUNYAC conference. Verbeke was second in team scoring this season, right behind Otto with 69 points. In two seasons with the Lumberjacks the forward from Elmwood Park, Illinois had 125 points in 93 career NA3HL games.

Although he played in just 19 games with the Lumberjacks this season, forward Taylor Brown made an impact with 36 points, and will play NCAA DIII hockey for Bethel University in Minnesota. Brown spent the first half of the season with the North Iowa Bulls.  In 89 career NA3HL regular season games, the Fitchburg, Wisconsin native had 111 career points.

Three-year veteran forward Zac Sikich will join his teammate Verbeke at Brockport University in New York. The Oak Park, California native played in 108 career NA3HL regular season games and had 115 career points.

 Both of Granite City’s goalies are off to college to play hockey as Scott Murray (who is also an alumni of the NAPHL, will play NCAA DIII hockey at Concordia University in Minnesota, while Austin Wilson, who played in the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament this past February will play for the University of Arizona, an ACHA Division I program.

 The final two players are both headed to Northern Michigan University to play for their ACHA program in forwards Gavin Porter and Brett Love. Both are Michigan natives and will be playing college hockey very close to home. Porter had 24 points in 41 games played and Love had 23 points in 44 games played. Love also played in the NAPHL during its inaugural season back in 2009-10.