Magicians forward Hammer makes NCAA DI commitment
May 17, 2017
The Minnesota Magicians, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are excited to announce that forward Will Hammer has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at St. Cloud State University of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC).
Hammer, 21, is a St. Cloud, Minnesota native who starred at St. Cloud Cathedral High School before joining the Aberdeen Wings of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) following his prep career. After two seasons with the Wings during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, Hammer was acquired by the Magicians prior to the start of the 2016-17 season.
After being named a captain for the Magicians, Hammer (6’2/210) had his best season of junior hockey registering 18 goals and 23 assists for a total of 41 points in 60 games played. In recognition of his quality play, he was selected to participate in the 2017 NAHL Top Prospects event in February as a member of the Midwest Division Team. He will enroll at St. Cloud in the Fall of 2017.
Hammer played in 169 career NAHL games and recorded 74 career points.
Speaking about Hammer’s commitment, Magicians VP of Operations Kevin Ingvalson said, “The entire Magicians organization is excited for Will and proud of his accomplishment. He has been a tremendous leader on and off the ice for us and we look forward to watching him as he continues his athletic and academic career in the NCHC as a member of the Huskies.”
Hammer added about the commitment, “I want to say thanks to my coaches Scott and Ben for helping me along in this whole process. It’s been a long journey to get here and you never know when it’s going happen. I especially want to thank all of my teammates and family, I am so grateful for all of the help and support they have given me along the way and I wouldn’t have gotten here without them.”