The St. Louis Bandits have announced that forward Ryan Stouffer and defenseman Patrick Sheehan have committed to Division I programs for next season.
Stouffer, a 19-year-old from Souderton, Pa., will attend Niagara University (Atlantic Hockey) while Sheehan, a 20-year-old from St. Louis, will head to the University of Connecticut (Atlantic Hockey).
“Ryan and Patrick were instrumental in the Bandits reaching the national tournament last year, and we expect them to get better every time they touch the ice and to provide leadership this season,” said Bandits assistant coach Trevor Stewart.
Stouffer leads the Bandits in scoring through 10 games this season with 11 points on seven goals. Sheehan has yet to play a game in 2010-11.
"Both are well deserving of their opportunities to play college hockey at the highest level,” Stewart added.
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