The Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) are pleased to announce that defenseman Matt Stewart has committed to Western Michigan University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Stewart is the fourth player on the Gamblers roster to commit to the Broncos, joining forwards Robert Francis, Will Kessel and Nolan LaPorte. The Broncos are coached by Jeff Blashill, who was the head coach for the Indiana Ice the past two seasons.
Stewart is in his second season with the Gamblers. During his rookie campaign in 2009-10, Stewart tallied 18 points (2g & 16a), and an impressive plus/minus rating of +33 in 55 games. Stewart was limited to five games in the Clark Cup playoffs due to an ankle injury he sustained in the USHL Eastern Division finals versus Indiana.
This season, Stewart has appeared in all 24 games for Green Bay, tallying four assists.
Stewart becomes the 16th Gambler off the 2010-2011 squad to commit to a NCAA Division I institution. Others include forwards Alex Broadhurst (Nebraska-Omaha) Austin Czarnik (Miami of Ohio), Robert Francis (Western Michigan), Ludwig Karlsson (Northeastern), William Kessel (Western Michigan), J.P. LaFontaine (Minnesota State-Mankato), Nolan LaPorte (Western Michigan), defensemen Aaron Harstad (Colorado College), Max Hartner (Air Force), Markus Lauridsen (St. Cloud State), Brian O’Rourke (Nebraska-Omaha), Brett Stern (Minnesota State-Mankato), Andy Welinski (Minnesota-Duluth) and goaltenders Adam Wilcox (Minnesota) and Ryan McKay (Miami of Ohio).
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)