The Tri-City Storm announced that defenseman Dan Kolomatis has committed to play hockey at Merrimack College beginning in the fall of 2011.
"It was the right fit for me to further my hockey career and get an excellent education," said Kolomatis. "They play in a tough and competitive collegiate hockey conference and the coaching fit into my style of play."
Kolomatis, 19, was acquired by the Storm this offseason after he spent the 2009-10 season with the Chicago Steel. He led Steel defenseman with 17 points (8g, 9a) while appearing in 55 games for the team. Two of his goals were game-winners. Kolomatis made his USHL debut during the 2008-09 season collecting two points (1g, 1a) in two games for the Steel.
"I look forward in being a veteran and leader with the Storm this season. We have a great group of guys here and it will be great to come together for the ultimate goal."
The native of Basking Ridge, New Jersey had a busy offseason which included a trip to a NHL prospect camp with the New Jersey Devils.
Merrimack College is located in North Andover, Massachusetts and is a member of Hockey East. Former Sioux City Musketeers forward Stephane Da Costa is entering his sophomore season at the school after earning NCAA Rookie of the Year honors in 2009-10.
"We are truly pleased to see Dan get his commitment to Merrimack, as he has been a welcomed addition to our organization," said Tri-City Storm Head Coach/General Manager Drew Schoneck. "We look forward to seeing him grow as a player and person this season with the Storm."
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)