The Green Bay Gamblers announced that forward Patrick McCadden has committed to Michigan Tech University and will attend the school beginning in the fall of 2010.
McCadden was selected as team captain for the 2009-10 season and has recorded 17 points (4g, 13a) and a plus-11 rating while playing in all 36 games for the Gamblers. The Chesterfield, Missouri native netted the game-winning goal in consecutive games (12/31 vs. Des Moines and 1/2 vs. Youngstown) which was the first two games of a six-game point streak in which he posted nine points (3g, 6a). It is the second USHL season for the 20-year-old who collected 14 points (4g, 10a) in 48 games while helping the Gamblers capture the Anderson Cup as regular season champions in 2008-09.
Two other current USHL players are committed to Michigan Tech; Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Dan Sova and Sioux Falls Stampede forward Jacob Johnstone.
The Michigan Tech Huskies are members of the WCHA and have eight former USHL players on their roster for the 2009-10 season; Drew Dobson (Waterloo Black Hawks), Corson Cramer (Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets), Eric Kattelus (Indiana Ice), Brett Olson (Waterloo Black Hawks), Josh Robinson (Sioux City Musketeers), Seth Soley (Omaha Lancers), Mike VanWagner (Chicago Steel), and Eli Vlaisavljevich (Lincoln Stars).
In addition, Michigan Tech assistant Pat Mikesch played two seasons (1990-92) in the USHL for the Des Moines Buccaneers and assistant Chris Tok spent four seasons (2002-06) as an assistant coach for the Waterloo Black Hawks.
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