Wichita Falls goalie Zevnik makes NCAA DI commitment
June 17, 2015
The Wichita Falls Wildcats of the NAHL are pleased to announce that goaltender David Zevnik has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at St. Cloud State University. St. Cloud State are members of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC).
Zevnik, 21, just completed his second and final season playing junior hockey in the NAHL, both with the Wildcats. The native of Lakeville, Minnesota, appeared in 25 regular season games during the 2014-15 season, posting a 13-7-2 record with a 2.87 goals against average and a 89.4% save percentage.
During the season prior in 2013-14, Zevnik (5’11/160) played in 40 regular season games and had a 19-13-2 record with a 2.46 goals against average and a 90.5% save percentage. In his two-year NAHL career, Zevnik played in 65 career regular season games with a career goals against average of 2.61 and a career save percentage of 90.1%. He also appeared in four career playoff games.
Zevnik also was selected to and played in the 2014 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the South Division team.
“I think the past two years were a great experience for my development. The thing that sticks out the most about my time with Wichita Falls in the NAHL was the coaches and the competition because both were excellent and made me a better player,” said Zevnik. “I also enjoyed playing the Top Prospects event. It was great to play against such good competition and see all the scouts in the stands. It was one of those experiences that made me better. I am honored to commit to St. Cloud. It will be nice to be close to home and I am going to work hard to try and earn my playing time there.”
Zevnik made headlines back in February for his support of Jean Kosarek, a local resident and fan that lived in the Wichita Falls area. Back in August, Kosarek suffered a stroke, but thanks to the support of Zevnik, who befriended Kosarek and made weekly visits to her, she was able to try and recover and keep enjoying Wildcats games. She even got to the point where she was able to drop a ceremonial puck before a Wildcats game in November. On March 14, 2015, Kosarek passed away, but last a lasting impression on Zevnik.
“I wholeheartedly believe that David’s involvement in my mom’s battle was just as important as any traditional therapies that she received,” her daughter Margaret Trebing said. “When he’s was there, she worked harder. She tried harder.”
“We are very excited for David to have this opportunity to attend and join a very strong hockey program at St Cloud State,” said Wildcats head coach John LaFontaine. “David has worked hard for this and he will continue to earn the respect of St Cloud's coaching staff and his new teammates.”
Zevnik is the 14th Wildcats player from the 2014-15 team to commit to an NCAA Division I school.