Owatonna Express goaltender Fredrik Bergman has committed to play for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's (CCHA) University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks for the 2009-10 season.
The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Bergman appeared in 17 games with the Express last season, and posted a 9-6-2-1 record with a team-leading 2.56 goals against average, and a .916 save percentage. The Vienna, Virginia native also played in all nine Express playoff games, posting a 5-4 record with a 2.51 goals against average.
"Anytime one of our players has an opportunity to play at the Division I level, we couldn't
be happier," said Express Head Coach Pat Cullen. "It will be a wonderful chance for Freddy to play under a great coaching staff, with Dean Blais and Mike Hastings."
The Mavericks will be playing their final season of CCHA play this year before transferring to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 2010.
The Express also announced that two more players will be joining the Division III ranks this season. Teammates Dane Erickson and Mike Palmiscno will become foes in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Erickson has committed to play for Gustavus Adolphus, while Palmiscno will skate for St. John's.
The Springfield Jr. Blues have announced that Robbie Dongara has committed to play for Hockey East's Northeastern University for the 2010 season.