The Rochester Junior Americans are proud to announce that goaltender Derek Shatzer has committed to play collegiate hockey at Colorado College starting in the spring semester.
Shatzer, a native of Denver, Colorado, has a record of 6-0-1 with a goals against average of 2.84 and .911 save percentage for the Elite team this season.
“Colorado College is getting a good goaltender, but more importantly they’re getting a great kid,” said Elite head coach Craig Macdonald. “Derek is a great teammate, and our players are disappointed to see him go, but they’re excited for him to have this opportunity.”
Colorado College, which was founded in 1874 and has an enrollment of 2,011, is located in Colorado Springs, just an hour and a half from Shatzer’s hometown. Moving back to his native state was a large selling point for Shatzer, who will major in economics.
“There is no other feeling like reaching your dream, and for me that meant playing for Colorado College,” said Shatzer. “I have dreamed of playing there my whole life.”
The Colorado College Tigers are members of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playing at the NCAA Division One level. The Tigers have appeared in 10 NCAA Frozen Fours and have two NCAA Championships.
Shatzer has been a member of the Junior Americans program for two seasons. After two seasons in Rochester, Shatzer will miss all of the teammates and friends he has gained, as well as his coaches with the Junior Americans, Macdonald, Tony Maksmiu, and Director of Goalie Development Jared Blank.
“The coaches have all helped me improve as a player in my time here in Rochester. I can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve taught me on and off the ice,” said Shatzer.
Shatzer becomes the 16th member of the Junior Americans program in the last five seasons to commit to a Division One school and is the 61st Junior American player to advance to play either collegiate or professional hockey in the history of the program.
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