he Des Moines Buccaneers announced that goaltender Michael Shibrowski has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota beginning this fall.
Shibrowski appeared in 45 games for Bucs during the USHL regular season and compiled a 21-16-5 with a 2.59 goals-against-average and .912 save percentage. He was fourth among League goaltenders with 1,166 total saves. The 20-year-old also posted four shutouts. It was the first USHL season for the native of Edina, Minnesota.
"His ability speaks for itself, but it is his character that sets him above nearly every other player I've ever coached," said Regg Simon, Des Moines Buccaneers Head Coach/GM. "Michael was a key part of changing the culture in Des Moines this past season. The way he conducted himself and prepared each day is why he was such a good leader for our team."
Shibrowski was selected as the team's Most Valuable Player, while also being honored with the Fan Favorite Award and the Bob McCorkle Award for sportsmanship and dedication.
Thirteen other players who spent the 2010-11 season in the USHL are also committed to the University of Minnesota; Sam Warning (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Adam Wilcox (Green Bay Gamblers), Joel Vienneau (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Seth Ambroz (Omaha Lancers), Ben Marshall (Omaha Lancers), Christian Isackson (Sioux Falls Stampede), Kyle Rau (Sioux Falls Stampede), Connor Reilly (Sioux Falls Stampede), Ryan Reilly (Sioux Falls Stampede), Travis Boyd (Team USA), Brady Skjei (Team USA), Justin Kloos (Waterloo Black Hawks), and A.J. Michaelson (Waterloo Black Hawks).
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