The Tri-City Storm announced that goaltender Carsen Chubak has committed to Niagara University and will attend the school beginning in the fall of 2010.
"It's pretty nice to finally have this commitment over with, which takes the monkey off my back," said Chubak. "It allows me to focus on-and-off the ice about this team (the Storm) and not worrying about my plans for next season."
The 20-year-old is playing in his first USHL season. Heading into the weekend, the native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan has posted a 19-15-6 record and two shutouts for the Storm.
Two other current USHL players are committed to attend Niagara University; Waterloo Black Hawks forward Patrick Divjak and Sioux City Musketeers for Ryan Rashid.
"The hockey program has been a factory for professional hockey players and has fared well against other college programs." says Chubak. "It was appealing to see both coaches were goalies during their playing days and are well-educated in the position."
"The school has a strong business management program that has pride in their business education, which excites me to know that I'm going to a place that is reputable in something that has interested me for awhile."
Niagara University will be competing in the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) next season, as the College Hockey America (CHA) conference is disbanding following the 2009-10 campaign. Five former USHL players are the Niagara roster this season; Adam Avramenko (Green Bay Gamblers), Dan Baco (Lincoln Stars), Bryan Haczyk (Green Bay Gamblers), Robert Martini (Indiana Ice), and Chris Moran (Omaha Lancers). Niagara assistant coach Tim Madsen spent two seasons as a player in the USHL (2002-04) split between the Waterloo Black Hawks and the Tri-City Storm.
"Carsen has been a big reason why we have had success this season, and he has the opportunity to become a tremendous goalie for Niagara as he moves on in his hockey endeavors," said Head Coach/General Manager Drew Schoneck. "We are extremely proud of his decision and we look forward to the rest of the season with him."
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