The La Crosse Freeze, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that forward Hunter Smith has committed to play NCAA Hockey for St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
Smith, 19, is in his first season playing in the NA3HL and has spent the majority of the season with the Chill with very positive results.
In 32 games played with La Crosse, the Mound, Minnesota native has 29 points, which includes 11 goals and 18 assists. He spent the first nine games of the 2014-15 season with the North Iowa Bulls, scoring three points in nine games played.
Smith (5’11/175) is currently riding a four-game point streak and also ranks 2nd on the Freeze roster in scoring this season.
Prior to his junior hockey career, Smith played high school hockey in Minnesota for Mound-Westonka High School.
“Hunter has played a huge role in the success of our inaugural season here in La Crosse. Our staff couldn't be more excited for him and his family as he moves on to St Olaf in the Fall. St Olaf is getting a young man that they will be proud to call an Ole both on and off the ice,” said Freeze Head Coach Ryan Egan.
"We are thrilled to have Hunter join our hockey program next year. We have been recruiting him since he played at Mound West-Tonka (MNSHSL), as well as the Upper Midwest High School League. After a successful season in LaCrosse (NA3HL), we fell Hunter is ready to compete at the next level,” said St. Olaf Head Coach Sean Goldsworthy.