The Marquette Rangers have announced that forward Dustin Partacz has committed to Concordia University of the Division III Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association for next season.
“It’s been a great experience,” Patracz said of the recruiting process. “I’ve grown from it as a person, and I’m excited to finally find a school where I can play hockey, hit the books and move on to the next chapter of my life. I really enjoyed my time in Marquette, and I’m grateful to the organization for three great years.
Partacz hopes to major in Radiology while at Concordia, which is located in Meqon, Wis.
The Naperville, Ill., native played three seasons in Marquette and was a member of the original roster when the team was formed in 2006. He concluded his junior career second on the all-time list for games played as a Ranger with 162, while adding 18 goals and 23 assists during his career.
Rangers head coach Kenny Miller said that although Partacz’s numbers may not turn too many heads, he’s grateful to have had him and his leadership in the lineup this past season.
“Dustin is the ultimate team player,” said Miller. “Every coach should consider themselves lucky if they’re able to coach a player like Dustin once in their career.
“Our entire organization is happy for him and his family. He’s very deserving of this opportunity. Dustin is a first-class kid. I enjoyed coaching him very much this past season and he’ll do well at Concordia and as a young man in society.”
The Falcons are coached by former Hobey Baker Award winner Tony Hrkac, who played at the University of North Dakota.
Partacz is the seventh player from the 2008-09 Rangers team to commit to an NCAA program.