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.
|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|
|Willie Corrin||International Falls||Senior||D||UM-Duluth||Yes|
|Justin Crandall||St. Thomas Academy||Senior||F||UM-Duluth||Yes|
|Joe Faust||Bloomington Jefferson||Senior||D||Wisconsin||Yes|
|Danny Fick||Forest Lake||Senior||D||Harvard||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|
|Christian Isackson||St. Thomas Academy||Senior||F||Minnesota||Yes|
|Tanner Lane||Detroit Lakes||Junior||F||Nebraska-Omaha||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|
|Archie Skalbeck||Hopkins||Senior||F||Colorado College||Yes|
|Brady Skjei||Lakeville North||Sophomore||D||Minnesota||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|