Chicago Steel forward Ray Pigozzi has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Massachusetts beginning this fall.
Pigozzi, 19, had spent the last three seasons in the USHL. He collected 34 points (8g, 26a) in 53 games for the Steel in 2012-13, producing career bests in goals, assists, and points. The Evanston, Illinois native was acquired by the Steel midway through the 2011-12 season from the Des Moines Buccaneers. In 43 combined games that season, he recorded 24 points (6g, 18a). Pigozzi first broke into the USHL during the 2010-11 season with Des Moines.
Over his three-year USHL career, he scored 76 points (20g, 56a) in 147 games. He was also selected to compete in the 2012 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
Pigozzi came to the USHL from the Chicago Mission U16 youth hockey program.
Three other USHL players from the 2012-13 season are also committed to the University of Massachusetts; Kenny Gillespie (Fargo Force), Ben Gallacher (Green Bay Gamblers), and Dennis Kravchenko (Sioux Falls Stampede).
UMass is a member of Hockey East and had eight USHL alumni on the roster last season; Conor Allen (Sioux Falls Stampede), Rocco Carzo (Des Moines Buccaneers), Eddie Olczyk (Waterloo/Sioux City), Adam Phillips (Indiana Ice), Troy Power (Omaha/Tri-City), Darren Rowe (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Jeff Teglia (Omaha Lancers), and Oleg Yevenko (Fargo Force).
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)