Aberdeen forward Roo makes NCAA DI commitment
January 15, 2014
By Ward Hilger, Aberdeen Wings
The Aberdeen Wings, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward TJ Roo, 19, has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota following his junior career. Bemidji State are members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
Roo, of Champlain Park, Minnesota is in his rookie season with the Aberdeen Wings of the NAHL. So far, Roo (5'11/175) has compiled 10 goals and 18 assists including a goal in last week’s 4-3 shootout win over Bismarck. He is currently the Wings leading scorer.
“It’s a special opportunity for TJ to play college hockey at Bemidji State where his father also played,” said Wings head coach and former Bemidji State standout Travis Winter. “TJ is going to be a great addition to their program. He has great offensive instincts, an ability to make plays, and he competes.”
Roo will join current Wings forward Jordan Heller at Bemidji State, who also has another former Aberdeen Wings captain Cory Ward.
“We are excited for TJ and look forward to continuing his development,” added Coach Winter.
Other Wings players who have made college commitments include forward Erik Baskin (Air Force), forward Jordan Heller (Bemidji State), and forward Colin O’Neill (UMass-Lowell). This year two former Aberdeen Wings players also made commitments such as defenseman Steven Johnson (Minnesota) and forward Peter Krieger (Alaska-Fairbanks).