Cedar Rapids RoughRiders forward Justin Kovacs has committed to play collegiate hockey at Northeastern University beginning in the fall of 2011.
Kovacs is playing in his second USHL season with the Riders and is third on the team in scoring with 18 points (4g, 14a) while also posting a plus-seven rating in 23 games. His 14 assists lead the club and two of his goals have been game-winners. Kovacs recorded a hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in the 4-3 win over Indiana on November 17th. The 19-year-old from Grosse Point Woods, Michigan has experienced a breakout season after putting up seven points (3g, 4a) in 24 games during his rookie USHL season in 2009-10.
Kovacs will be joined by RoughRiders teammate Rasmus Juell who is also committed to Northeastern. Eight other players will attend Northeastern following their USHL careers; John Gaudreau (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Garrett Haar (Fargo Force), Ludwig Karlsson (Green Bay Gamblers), Jon Gillies (Indiana Ice), Ben Oskroba (Lincoln Stars), Cameron Darcy (Team USA), Adam Reid (Team USA), and Adam Berkle (Youngstown Phantoms).
Northeastern University is located in Boston and is a member of Hockey East. Sixteen USHL alumni are currently on the roster for the Huskies, the most on any team in the conference; Anthony Bitetto (Indiana Ice), Justin Daniels (Sioux City Musketeers), Drew Daniels (Sioux City Musketeers), Luke Eibler (Youngstown Phantoms), Randy Guzior (Chicago Steel), J.P. Maley (Des Moines Buccaneers), Bryan Mountain (Des Moines Buccaneers), Jamie Oleksiak (Sioux Falls Stampede/Chicago Steel), Steve Quailer (Sioux City Musketeers), Brodie Reid (Lincoln Stars), Steve Silva (Green Bay Gamblers), Zak Stone (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Alex Tuckerman (Sioux City Musketeers), Garrett Vermeersch (Lincoln Stars/Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Robbie Vrolyk (Sioux Falls Stampede), and Clay Witt (Sioux Falls Stampede).
USHL stats - Justin Kovacs
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