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JUNE 20, 2018
The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that defenseman Chase Mickelson has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at St. Norbert College.
Mickelson, 21, is another great example of the NAPHL to NAHL to NCAA ladder of development success story. The 6’4/220 lbs. native of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, just completed his second and final season playing in the NAHL for the Jr. Blues.
Mickelson recorded 20 points (4 goals, 16 assists) in 47 regular season games. He was also selected to and played in the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Midwest Division team.
During his two-year NAHL career, Mickelson recorded 40 points in 103 career games. Prior to playing in the NAHL, Mickelson spent two years playing in the NAPHL for the Madison Capitols 18U team in the NAPHL from 2014-16. During the 2015-16 season, he was selected to the All-NAPHL 18U 1st Team and helped the Capitols to a Dixon Cup Championship.
During his time in the NAPHL, he played in one Top Prospects Tournament and the 18U All-Star Game in 2015-16.
“I’m really proud of Chase on his NCAA commitment. He has a ton of talent and will be a great student athlete in college,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.
Rockford, Illinois native, and Springfield Jr. Blues fan favorite, Ethan Stewart has committed to play D1 college hockey at Ferris State University.
“As a coach I can’t say enough about this kid,” said Head Coach Tyler Rennette. “Stewart came to the rink everyday with a smile on his face and worked his tail off. This commitment is well deserved, Ferris State is getting a first class kid.”
Stewart has played 60 games this season, scoring 17 goals, and 30 assists for a total of 47 points. Stewart had one game winning goal this season and is looking strong in the post season.
SPRINGFIELD IL – Springfield Jr. Blues’ Forward Nick Schultze has committed to Tufts University in Medford MA, starting this coming fall.
Head Coach Tyler Rennette had the following to say about Schultze “Nick has been everything we thought he would when we traded for him” said Head Coach Tyler Rennette. “He is a great kid and Tufts is getting an excellent student athlete who will make everyone around him better.”
The Springfield Jr. Blues acquired Schultze in December, 2017 from the Topeka Roadrunners. Schultze currently has 31 points, 14 goals, and 17 assists. Springfield expects Schultze to stay strong in the post-season and wishes him all the best in his college hockey career.