The Des Moines Buccaneers and Head Coach & General Manager Regg Simon announced today that defenseman Austin Coldwell has committed to the University of Alaska - Anchorage.
The 20-year-old Vancouver, Washington native has played for the Buccaneers for two seasons. During the 2009 – 2010 season he appeared in 58 games and accumulated 12 goals and 24 assists. This season he has played in all 25 games for the Buccaneers and has recorded 6 goals and 12 assists. He currently leads the Buccaneers in points with 18 points.
“Austin has bought into becoming an all-around defenseman. It’s a big reason why he’s received so much interest as of late and has ultimately earned a scholarship,” said Coach Simon. “His offensive production is important for our team, but so is his ability to play in our end as well. That’s where his most significant improvement has been.”
The University of Alaska-Anchorage Men’s Hockey Team is a Division I School in the WCHA conference coached by Dave Shyiak. They are currently 5-10-3 overall and 4-8-2 in the WCHA. Former Buccaneers who have played at Alaska-Anchorage include Matt Shasby, Wade Chiodo, Klage Kaebel and Regg Simon.
With the addition of Coldwells’s commitment, the Des Moines Buccaneers now have a total of thirteen players who have committed to NCAA Division I schools. Michael Shibrowski (Colorado College), Peter Stoykewych (Colorado College), Connor Kucera (Bowling Green State University), Blake Doerring (Vermont), Kevin Irwin (Ohio State), Cal Decowski (Minnesota-Duluth), Justin Selman (Michigan), Dajon Mingo (Bowling Green State University) Chris Joyaux (Ohio State), Doug Clifford (Niagara University), Ethan Prow (St. Cloud State University), and Mitch Cain (Bemidji State University).
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)