The Chicago Steel announced that forward Jay Camper has committed to the University of New Hampshire and will attend the school following his USHL career.
"I visited there over the summer and felt it was a great place to be," said Camper. "I am really comfortable around the coaching staff, and I am excited to be a part of the great tradition that they have put in place at New Hampshire."
The 18-year-old native of Rock River, Ohio has posted six points (2g, 4a) while playing in all 15 Steel games this season. He collected his first USHL point when he dished out an assist in the season-opening 5-1 win vs. Team USA on October 2nd. The following evening, Camper scored his first USHL goal and collected an assist in the 10-5 victory over Team USA. He is in his second USHL season after appearing in three games with the Lincoln Stars during the 2008-09 campaign.
"We are excited for him because it is the school he has wanted to attend," said Jon Waibel, Chicago Steel assistant coach. "The work he has put in on and off the ice has paid off."
Seven other current USHL players are also committed to attend the University of New Hampshire; Eric Knodel (Des Moines Buccaneers), Cody Campbell (Fargo Force), Justin Agosta (Indiana Ice), Kevin Goumas (Indiana Ice), Jeff Silengo (Sioux City Musketeers), Jamie Hill (Waterloo Black Hawks), and Nick Sorkin (Waterloo Black Hawks).
The University of New Hampshire Wildcats are a member of Hockey East and have 12 former USHL players on their roster for the 2009-10 season; Dalton Speelman (Green Bay Gamblers), Bret Kostolansky (Chicago Steel), Scott Pavelski (Waterloo Black Hawks), Mike Borisenok (Green Bay Gamblers), Nick Krates (Omaha Lancers), Mike Sislo (Green Bay Gamblers), Blake Kessel (Waterloo Black Hawks), Mike Beck (Sioux City Musketeers), Brian Foster (Des Moines Buccaneers), Greg Burke (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Matt DiGirolamo (Waterloo Black Hawks), and Phil DeSimone (Sioux City Musketeers).
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