Nanaimo defenseman Graeme McCormack (18). Photo via http://www.theonews.com
Graeme McCormack made his verbal commitment to the Bemidji State men’s hockey team official Wednesday by signing a National Letter of Intent on the last day of the NCAA early signing period.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound defenseman from Thunder Bay, Ontario will join the Beavers 2012-13. He currently plays junior hockey for the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League.
“Graeme is a very exciting prospect for us,” Bemidji State assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Ted Belisle said in a press release. “He brings an offensive game and potential to produce on the power play as a defenseman. He has great hands, his intellectual game is high end and he is a threat on the ice whenever he has the puck.”
McCormack has five goals and 19 assists for 24 points through 19 games this season for Nanaimo, his second year with the team.
“He makes assertive plays and gets a lot of pucks to the net and that is where he generates a lot of his points,” Belisle said. He has a history of producing offensively, but has also become a very good defender.”
McCormack had 10 goals and 31 assists for 41 points in 56 games in his first season with Nanaimo. He was selected to the BCHL Coastal League’s All-Star team as a defenseman.
He made a verbal commitment to Bemidji State last February.
McCormack began his junior hockey career in 2008-09 with the Thunder Bay Bearcats of the Superior International Junior Hockey League where he had 13 goals and 46 points.
He moved to the BCHL in 2009-10 and had nine goals and 28 points with the Victoria Grizzlies.
McCormack is the first to make an official commitment for the 2012-13 season. Brad Robbins and Brady Riesgraf have made verbal commitments to BSU for the same year.
Robbins is a 5-foot-8, 165 pound forward and has six goals and 12 points in 12 games so far for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. The Murrieta, Calif. native had 13 goals and 34 points last season.
Riesgraf is a 5-foot-11, 155-pound forward appeared in three games for the Fargo Force of the USHL, was waived last week and is now playing with the Coulee Region Chill of the North American Hockey League. The Chaska native who played high school hockey at Holy Family does not have a point so far this season.
McCormack is the 21st early-period signee at Bemidji State since the program made the jump to Division I in 1999.
That group includes senior Darcy Findlay, juniors Jordan George, Matt Hartmann, and Aaron McLeod, sophomores Radoslav Illo and Jeff Jubinville, and freshmen Matt Prapavessis and Sam Windle.
The Bemidji State men’s hockey team is home this weekend to face North Dakota in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. Game times are 7:07 p.m. Saturday and 5:07 p.m. Sunday.
Known Bemidji State prospect list (subject to change).
–Graeme McCormack (D, Nanaimo, BCHL), Signed NLI.
–Brad Robbins (F, Sioux City, USHL), verbal commitment.
–Brady Riesgraf (D, Coulee Region, NAHL), verbal commitment.
–Corey Petrash (F, Winnipeg Saints, MJHL), verbal commitment.
–Bob Kinne (F, Lincoln, USHL), verbal commitment.
–Brendan Harms (F, Portage Terriers, MJHL), verbal commitment.
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