Cedar Rapids RoughRiders defenseman Andy Simpson has committed to play hockey for Dartmouth College following his USHL career.
Simpson, who turns 19 on Wednesday, is playing in his first USHL season. The native of Wildwood, Missouri has recorded two points (1g, 1a) in 35 games for the RoughRiders. He dished out an assist in his USHL debut during the season opening 7-4 win vs. Des Moines on October 3rd. His first goal in the League was the game-winner during the 3-2 win over Lincoln on January 9th.
In addition to Simpson's teammate with the RoughRiders Eric Robinson, five other current USHL players are committed to Dartmouth College; Taylor Boldt (Indiana Ice) Billy Fitzgerald (Indiana Ice), Cab Morris (Indiana Ice), Matt Lindblad (Sioux Falls Stampede), and Rick Pinkston (Tri-City Storm).
Located in Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth College is a member of the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) and seven former USHL players are currently on the roster for the "Big Green" men's hockey team; Jason Bourgea (Indiana Ice), Troy Mattila (Tri-City Storm), Kyle Reeds (Waterloo Black Hawks), Doug Jones (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Evan Stephens (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Mike Keenan (Sioux City Musketeers), and Danny Markowitz (Tri-City Storm/Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets). Former Tri-City Storm assistant coach John Rose is on the coaching staff at Dartmouth College.
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