Team USA forward Dan Carlson has committed to play collegiate hockey at Minnesota State University, Mankato following his USHL career.
Carlson, 17, has collected five points (2g, 3a) and a plus-four rating in 22 USHL games for Team USA's Under-18 squad this season. It is the second USHL season for the native of Corcoran, Minnesota after putting up 13 points (4g, 9a) in 33 games last season for the Team USA Under-17 squad. The 6-1, 201-pound forward scored his first career USHL goal in just his second game in the League last season – October 3rd, 2009 vs. the Chicago Steel.
Carlson will be joined at Minnesota State by six other current USHL players who are committed to the school; Jean-Paul LaFontaine (Green Bay Gamblers), Brett Stern (Green Bay Gamblers), Max Gaede (Sioux City Musketeers), Stephon Williams (Sioux Falls Stampede), Zach Palmquist (Waterloo Black Hawks), and Dylan Margonari (Youngstown Phantoms).
A member of the WCHA, the Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks had 16 USHL alumni on the roster this season; Channing Boe (Green Bay Gamblers/Sioux Falls Stampede), J.P. Burkemper (Fargo Force/Des Moines Buccaneers), Cameron Cooper (Tri-City Storm), Kurt Davis (Green Bay Gamblers/Waterloo Black Hawks), Michael Dorr (Des Moines Buccaneers), Tyler Elbrecht (Omaha Lancers), Rylan Galiardi (Sioux City Musketeers), Chase Grant (Fargo Force), Eriah Hayes (Waterloo Black Hawks), Danny Heath (Des Moines Buccaneers/Tri-City Storm), Zach Lehrke (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Corey Leivermann (Fargo Force), Brett Peterson (Indiana Ice), Andy Sackrison (Tri-City Storm), Joe Schiller (Green Bay Gamblers), and Eli Zucker (Tri-City Storm). In addition, Mavericks associate head coach Darren Blue played in the USHL and assistant coach Todd Knott both played and coached in the USHL.
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