The Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) are pleased to announce that forward C.J. Eick has committed to Michigan Tech University of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Huskies are currently ranked 15th in the nation and are coached by Mel Pearson, who enters his 1st season behind the bench.
From nearby Appleton, Eick returns to the Gamblers for a second year. Eick made his mark during his rookie campaign in the USHL, tallying 5 goals and 4 assists in 55 games. Eick came alive in the Gamblers run to the Clark Cup Finals last season, registering 4 goals and 3 assists. Prior to his time in the USHL, Eick honed his skills in the North American Hockey League with the St. Louis Bandits. Eick produced 10 goals, 21 assists with the Bandits, who lost in the finals of the Robertson Cup. Eick is a product of the Jr. Gamblers Youth Hockey Association.
Eick becomes the 19th Gambler on the 2011-2012 squad to commit to a NCAA Division I institution. Others include forwards Grant Arnold (Denver), Kyle Novak (Western Michigan), Alex Broadhurst (Nebraska-Omaha) Conner Honey (Denver), Nicholas Schilkey (Ohio State), Alex Kile (Michigan) Ville Jarvelainen (St Cloud St), Sam Herr (Notre Dame) Nolan LaPorte (Western Michigan), Sheldon Dries (Western Michigan) defensemen, Max Hartner (Air Force), Jordan Schmaltz (North Dakota), Brandon Kirk (Dartmouth), Dakota Mermis (Denver), Markus Lauridsen (St. Cloud St) Andy Welinski (Minnesota-Duluth) and goaltenders Adam Wilcox (Minnesota) and Ryan McKay (Miami of Ohio).
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