Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that goaltender Ethan Roberts has announced his collegiate commitment to the University of St. Thomas!
Roberts, a native of Cary, NC, is in his first season of junior hockey and has had quite a campaign to this point. He’s appeared in 28 games for the Jr. Blues and has compiled a 16-8-1 record with a 2.66 GAA, .918 SV%, and 2 shutouts. Roberts was named to Team Midwest at the 2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament as well as earning Midwest Division Star of the Week for the week of November 29th-December 5th.
Prior to his time here in Springfield, Roberts played for Nashville Jr. Predators 18U AAA, The Loomis Chaffee School, and the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes. At St. Thomas he will join Jr. Blues alum and former Captain Aaron Swanson who is in his second season for the Tommies.
“Ethan has been a workhorse for us all season long,” said Head Coach Tyler Rennette. “St. Thomas is getting an excellent goaltender and we are excited to see what he’s able to accomplish at the next level.”
“Super blessed to announce my commitment to play Division 1 college hockey at the University of St. Thomas,” said Ethan on Twitter. “Beyond thankful for God, my coaches, teammates, and my family for all the support along the way!”
*Update*: Roberts finished up his lone season of junior hockey by posting a 19-12-2 record with a 2.83 GAA, .915 SV%, and 3 SO in 36 appearances. He was one of seven Jr. Blues players selected to the 2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament and earned Midwest Division Star of the Week in December after a weekend sweep of Janesville. He joins Michael Valdez (Colorado College), Fisher Scott (Colorado College), Connor Smith (Union College), Hagen Moe (Bowling Green University), Joey Dosan (Army-West Point), Mac Gadowsky (Army-West Point), Tristan Shewchuk (College of St. Scholastica), and Carson Jones (MSOE) as one of nine players to make their NCAA commitment this season.