Lincoln Stars forward Jared Hanson has committed to play hockey at Colorado College beginning next season.
He is currently third on the Stars with 43 points (22g, 21a) in 44 games this season. All but two of his goals have been scored at even strength. He also has netted four game-winning goals. The 19-year-old has six multi-goal games this season, including two hat tricks – December 10th vs. Waterloo and December 30th vs. Des Moines. Hanson also has compiled a plus-27 rating, the seventh best mark in the USHL. The Palmer, Alaska native first played in the USHL last season for the Stars and posted 24 points (9g, 15a), 104 penalty minutes, and a plus-12 rating in 53 games.
"Jared's a great example of someone who has worked himself into a complete hockey player," said Lincoln Stars head coach Chad Johnson. "He leads by example, is a great team guy, and scores big goals in crucial times. We're excited for him to have this opportunity at a school like Colorado College."
Four other current USHL players are also committed to play hockey at Colorado College; Christian Heil (Chicago Steel), Alex Roos (Chicago Steel), and Jaccob Slavin (Chicago Steel), and Duggie Lagrone (Des Moines Buccaneers).
Colorado College is a member of the WCHA and recently completed their season with an 18-16-2 record. A total of 17 USHL alumni were on the roster for the Tigers this season; Nick Dineen (Sioux Falls Stampede), Dakota Eveland (Omaha Lancers), Gabe Guentzel (Sioux Falls Stampede), Tim Hall (Ohio Junior Blue Jackets), Joe Howe (Waterloo Black Hawks), Alex Krushelnyski (Sioux City/Chicago), Joe Marciano (Omaha Lancers), Eamonn McDermott (Fargo Force), William Rapuzzi (Green Bay Gamblers), Jaden Schwartz (Tri-City Storm), Scott Winkler (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Aaron Harstad (Green Bay Gamblers), Peter Stoykewych (Des Moines Buccaneers), Jordan DiGiando (Dubuque/Cedar Rapids), Charlie Taft (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Scott Wamsganz (Dubuque/Waterloo), and Ian Young (Fargo/Chicago).
In addition, Colorado College head coach Scott Owens and assistant coach Eric Rud have both spent time in the USHL as coaches.
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