The Marquette Rangers have announced that forward Garrett Ladd has committed to Bemidji State University (College Hockey America) for next season when the program joins the WCHA.
“I’m excited about the chance the coaching staff at Bemidji is giving me,” said Ladd. “Like all of us who play juniors, it’s been a lifelong dream of mine and my family to play D-I hockey, and I’m going to make the most of this great opportunity.”
Ladd, the team’s captain from Fenton, Mich., leads the Rangers in scoring through 18 games this season with 22 points on eight goals. Ladd is also ranked in the top 20 in overall NAHL scoring.
For his career in Marquette, the 20-year-old Ladd has 34 goals and 65 assists for 99 points in just over two full seasons.
“Garrett is the type of player that every coach loves to coach,” said Rangers head coach Kenny Miller. “Garrett competes in every way possible, both on and off the ice. He’s a tireless worker and he deserves this opportunity.”
Ladd is also the first Michigan native to sign with BSU since the program achieved Division I status 10 years ago.
“As an organization, we couldn’t be happier for Garrett and his family,” Miller added. “His hard work these past three seasons, both on and off the ice, have really paid off for him. Not only is Bemidji State getting a top recruit as a player, they’re getting an even better young man.”
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