Johnstown defenseman Coffman makes NCAA DI commitment
May 26, 2016
The Johnstown Tomahawks, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), announced Thursday the commitment of defenseman Niko Coffman to Bowling Green State University, an NCAA Division I hockey program.
Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, the Falcons compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
“This is a great accomplishment for Niko and his family,” Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia said. “He was an outstanding member of our team both on and off the ice. He should have no problem being a great fit at their university because of his high end character, very strong academics, and his skills as a hockey player.”
Coffman spent his final junior hockey season with the Tomahawks, earning six goals and 17 assists for 23 points. All three totals were career highs for the defenseman from Chelsea, Michigan.
Coffman was also selected to and played in the 2016 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament back in February in Plymouth, MI, for the East Division team, where he recorded one assist in two games played.
Prior to 2015-16, Coffman was a member of the Port Huron Fighting Falcons/Keystone Ice Miners franchise, amassing 22 points in two seasons.
“He received interest from numerous programs throughout the season and Bowling Green was a fit for him,” Letizia said. “I am excited for him and the other Tomahawks' freshmen he will be entering school with this year.”
Coffman becomes the fifth Tomahawks alum to suit up for the Falcons. Former Tomahawks forwards Shane Bednard, Casey Linkenheld and Matt Meier along with goalie Ryan Bednard have committed to playing Division I college hockey at BGSU.