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Breck's Fulton headed to Union

By Loren Nelson, Editor, 03/25/10, 1:10PM CDT


Top scorer from two-time state Class A champion Mustangs hopes to play right away

Breck’s Tyson Fulton, Minnesota's highest scoring senior who hadn’t committed to a Division I college, became the 28th state high school player to make a verbal committment on Wednesday, March 24, when he notified Union of his intention to play there.

Fulton scored 77 points (33 goals, 44 assists) in 25 regular season games to tie for third in the state in scoring, and he tacked on 16 more points in six playoff games as the Mustangs became the first state Class A team to repeat as champions.

UM-Duluth was among the other Division I programs that had shown interest in Fulton, whose brother Jordan is a senior wing with the Bulldogs.

Fulton also took an unofficial visit to Nebraska-Omaha after the sectional playoffs in March. Fulton said Union, located in Schenectady, N.Y., imposed a Wednesday deadline for him to accept their offer because of the school’s admissions schedule.

“It feels really good, the pressure is off now,” Fulton said about choosing Union. “They said I could come out there and play right away.”

Union went 21-12-6 overall and 12-6-4 in the ECAC last season. The Dutchmen, who have eight seniors on their roster, reached the finals of the ECAC postseason tournament, where they lost 3-0 to Cornell.

“He’s one of the best players in the state,” Breck coach Les Larson said. “I don’t know if you can say (he’s in  the top) dozen or a half dozen.

“The kid is a hockey player. He didn’t just arrive this year, he’s improved every year.”

Fulton said he plans to play in the Ted Brill Great 8 all-star tournament starting Friday, March 26, at Wakota Arena in South St. Paul.

Russell to play at Amherst
Breck goaltender John Russell, a Hockey Hub second-team All-State selection, has committed to play at Division III Amherst (Mass.) University.

According to Mustangs coach Les Larson, Russell had been receiving interest from Division I programs, but those schools (Boston College and Boston University among them) wanted Russell to play a year of junior hockey before going to college.

With his college future settled, Russell pulled out of the Great 8 all-star series for Minnesota high school seniors that starts Friday, March 26, at Wakota Arena in South St. Paul. That decision opened a roster spot for Holy Angels goaltender Tommy Burke.


2009-10 Minnesota High School Division I Recruits

Name High School Year Pos. College Verbal Committ
Mark Alt Cretin-Derham Hall Senior D Minnesota Yes
Joey Benik St. Francis Senior F St. Cloud State Yes
Nick Bjugstad Blaine Junior F Minnesota Yes
Chris Casto Hill-Murray Senior D UM-Duluth Yes
Willie Corrin International Falls Senior D UM-Duluth Yes
Justin Crandall St. Thomas Academy Senior F UM-Duluth Yes
Cal Decowski Andover Senior F UM-Duluth Yes
Joe Faust Bloomington Jefferson Senior D Wisconsin Yes
Danny Fick Forest Lake Senior D Harvard Yes
Tyson Fulton Breck Senior F Union Yes
Max Gaede Woodbury Senior F MSU-Mankato Yes
Max Gardiner Minnetonka Senior F Minnesota Yes
Zane Gothberg Thief River Falls Senior G North Dakota Yes
Garrett Hendrickson Virginia Junior F St. Cloud State Yes
Caleb Herbert Bloomington Jefferson Senior F UM-Duluth Yes
Troy Hesketh Minnetonka Senior D Wisconsin Yes
Justin Holl Minnetonka Senior D Minnesota Yes
Christian Isackson St. Thomas Academy Senior F Minnesota Yes
Adam Krause Hermantown Senior F UM-Duluth Yes
Tanner Lane Detroit Lakes Junior F Nebraska-Omaha Yes
Tony Larson Blaine Senior D Alaska-Anchorage Yes
Ben Marshall Mahtomedi Junior D Minnesota Yes
Michael Morin Breck Senior F Colorado College Yes
Brock Nelson Warroad Senior F North Dakota Yes
Kyle Osterberg Lakeville South Freshman F UM-Duluth Yes
Brett Patterson Benilde-St. Margaret's Senior F Dartmouth Yes
Andrew Prochno Minnetonka Senior D St. Cloud State Yes
Ethan Prow Sauk Rapids Junior D St. Cloud State Yes
Kyle Rau Eden Prairie Junior F Minnesota Yes
Connor Reilly Holy Angels Senior F Minnesota Yes
Ryan Reilly Holy Angels Senior F Minnesota Yes
Eric Scheid Blaine Senior F Alaska-Anchorage Yes
Archie Skalbeck Hopkins Senior F Colorado College Yes
Brady Skjei Lakeville North Sophomore D Minnesota Yes
Brett Stern Centennial Senior D MSU-Mankato Yes
Andy Welinski Duluth East Junior D UM-Duluth Yes
Adam Wilcox South St. Paul Junior G Minnesota Yes
Sam Windle Osseo Senior D Bemidji State Yes