Youngstown Phantoms forward Adam Berkle has committed to play collegiate hockey at Northeastern University and will enroll at the school in the fall of 2011.
The 19-year-old played all 60 regular season games during his first USHL season and recorded 26 points (17g, 9a). He tied for the team lead with 17 goals and ranked third on the squad with 133 shots on goal. Berkle had a strong finish to his rookie season in the League scoring 10 points (8g, 2a) over the final 14 games of the season.
"Northeastern has been talking to me for a couple of years now and I always felt like that was where I wanted to go," said Berkle. "They said they like my aggressiveness, my scoring ability, and my size. Having the commitment definitely makes it easier to just go out and play in my last USHL season."
The 6-4, 180-pound forward from Collegeville, Pennsylvania has already been named captain of the Phantoms for next season.
Berkle will be reunited at Northeastern with Phantoms teammate Luke Eibler who will begin his career at the school this fall. Six other USHL players from the 2009-10 season are also committed to attend Northeastern University following their USHL careers; Ludwig Karlsson (Green Bay Gamblers), Anthony Bitetto (Indiana Ice), Brodie Reid (Lincoln Stars), Clay Witt (Sioux Falls Stampede), Jamie Oleksiak (Sioux Falls Stampede), and Adam Reid (Team USA).
The Northeastern Huskies, members of Hockey East, had 12 former USHL players on its roster for the 2009-10 season; Chris Student (Waterloo), Jake Newton (Lincoln), David Strathman (Cedar Rapids), J.P. Maley (Des Moines), Garrett Vermeersch (Lincoln), Steve Quailer (Sioux City), Justin Daniels (Sioux City), Drew Daniels (Sioux City), Randy Guzior (Chicago), Steve Silva (Green Bay), Alex Tuckerman (Sioux City), and Robbie Vrolyk (Sioux Falls).
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