NEW HOPE, Minn. – Defenseman Thomas Fallen of Plymouth, MN (Robbinsdale Armstrong H.S.) has accepted an offer from the United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO) and will play hockey for the Falcons.
Fallen was offered the appointment earlier this year, and confirmed his acceptance this week in a conversation with the Air Force coaching staff.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder was recently selected by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in the 2008 USHL Entry Draft, and he competed in this fall’s Upper Midwest High School Elite League. A varsity player at Armstrong High School the past two years and twice named honorable mention all-conference in the Classic Lake Conference, Fallen will be a captain for Armstrong this upcoming season. He was selected to represent Minnesota in the recently completed Nike Bauer National Invitational Tournament. He carries a 3.6 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society.
“I’m honored and grateful to have this opportunity,” Fallen said. “The Air Force Academy is a remarkable place, and I’m excited to have the chance to serve my country, receive a world-class education and play hockey at the D1 level.”
Air Force is currently ranked 12th in both national hockey polls. The Falcons are 10-0-0, 8-0-0 in the Atlantic Hockey Association. They have nine Minnesotans on their current roster.