The Youngstown Phantoms announced that forward Conor Lemirande will play collegiate hockey beginning next season at Miami University.
"Miami is a great place," said Lemirande. "The guys there are unbelievable, they have great facilities, and, their staff is first class."
Lemirande has scored 14 points (5g, 9a) while racking up 119 penalty minutes for the Phantoms this season. He has netted four of his five goals this season over the last 10 games, and the Phantoms have won each of the last three games in which he scored a goal. The 20-year-old was selected by Youngstown in Phase Two of the 2013 USHL Draft. He had appeared in two games last season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
The Janesville, Wisconsin native is one of the biggest players in the USHL, standing at 6-5 and weighing 235 pounds. He played youth hockey for the Madison Capitols AAA organization before spending the last two seasons in the NAHL with his hometown Janesville Jets.
"Of any of the commitments that guys have been able to achieve since our staff has been here, this is probably one of the ones that we're most proud of," said Phantoms Head Coach and General Manager Anthony Noreen. "It was getting pretty late in the game for Conor as a 20-year-old. I give huge credit to Miami for recognizing, respecting, and coveting what he is as a player, but probably even more so as a person."
Lemirande is joined by Phantoms teammate Kiefer Sherwood who is also committed to Miami University. Four other current USHL players will attend the school; Ryan Siroky (Green Bay Gamblers), Chaz Switzer (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Louis Belpedio (Team USA), and Jack Roslovic (Team USA).
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