Lumberjacks Forward Commits to Northeastern University
Saturday October 13, 2012
Muskegon Lumberjacks forward William Messa. (photo by Paul Evans)
The Muskegon Lumberjacks announced that forward William Messa has committed to play college hockey at Northeastern University following his USHL career.
“Northeastern offers the best academics to help suit my needs, and their gritty hockey style is what I enjoy playing the most,” said Messa. “The facilities were top notch and the coaches made me feel right at home. It will also be an honor to participate in the annual Beanpot Tournament with Harvard, Boston College, and Boston University.”
Messa is playing his first USHL season after being selected by the Lumberjacks in the 2012 USHL Entry Draft. The 19-year-old forward has dished out one assist and posted a plus-two rating through five games this season to help Muskegon to their best start in team history (4-0-1). The Parkland, Florida native spent the last three seasons at Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts where he collected 62 points (19g, 43a) during his prep career.
Six other current USHL players are also committed to play hockey at Northeastern University – Garrett Cockerill (Des Moines Buccaneers), John Stevens (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Zach Aston-Reese (Lincoln Stars), Ross Olsson (Lincoln Stars), Daniel Willett (Lincoln Stars), and Jason Cotton (Tri-City Storm).
Northeastern University is located in Boston, Massachusetts and is a member of Hockey East. A total of 13 USHL alumni are on the Huskies roster this season; Mike Gunn (Youngstown Phantoms), Adam Reid (Team USA), Garrett Vermeersch (Lincoln Stars), Kevin Roy (Lincoln Stars), Ryan Belonger (Youngstown Phantoms), Ben Oskroba (Lincoln Stars), Colton Saucerman (Lincoln Stars), Clay Witt (Sioux Falls Stampede), Dax Lauwers (Lincoln Stars), Ludwig Karlsson (Green Bay Gamblers), Cam Darcy (Team USA), Vinny Saponari (Dubuque Fighting Saints), and Robbie Vrolyk (Sioux Falls Stampede).
USHL stats – William Messa
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 11th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2012-13. With 18 NHL Draft picks on team rosters and over 200 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools this season, the USHL has emerged as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.