Things continue to be falling into place for Purple Eagles off-season. Coach Brzeczkowski announced today that the team has received another verbal commitment.
Nick Karstens becomes the latest to express his intentions to attend NU. The 20 year old, Flint Michigan native is a seasoned junior winger. Karstens currently plays for the Atlanta Junior Knights of the MJHL Jr. B. The Atlanta organization is believed by many through out the nation to be the best Jr. B program in the entire country. Not only are the Knight 42-1 this year, they also have a 4-1 record against EJHL Jr. A teams this season.. The Knights recently fell to the NY Applecore in the National Championship game.
For the Knights, Nick has 43 points (17g, 26a) in 29 games. The crafty winger with great hands finished fourth on his team in scoring for the season.
Of his decision to attend Niagara Karstens mused “my goals are not only to excel on the ice but in the classroom. I think I have a lot to bring to the team. My goals as a player are the same as the entire teams’, winning the ECHL”
“Nick is another piece of the puzzle. He is a gritty kid with a great scoring touch. Guys like Nick have played juniors for three or four years and they know what it takes to win.” Coach Brzeckowski said of Karstens.
Prior to this season in Atlanta, Nick played for the Flint Jr. A General of the CSHL (Jr. A)
When summarizing the latest recruit Associate Coach and Director of Recruiting Clay Miller said “Nick comes highly recommended by his junior organization and he has the skill set to back it up.... He is one of the top scorers on arguably the best Jr. B programs in the entire nation. Our interest in Nick was pretty immediate and we are glad it looks like NU will be his home for the next four years.”
Nick marks the fifth addition to the Purple Eagles for next year. The team graduated six at the conclusion of this past season.
“We are winding down” concluded Miller. “ I would expect one or two more players to be announced…When you return the great core of guys we have and then add these players to the mix, well, its an exciting time to say the least”