Wilderness defenseman and captain Gotz makes NCAA DI commitment
November 17, 2017
The Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that defenseman and captain Eric Gotz has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Miami (OH) University, a member of the NCHC.
Gotz, 19, is in his second season playing in the NAHL for the Wilderness. The native of Hermantown, Minnesota he is tied for first in league scoring for all defenseman so far this season with 3 goals and 13 assists for 16 points in just 18 games.
Last year, Gotz (5’10/184) tallied 1 goal & 13 assists in 67 games, which included regular season and playoffs.
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Gotz was a standout defenseman for Hermantown High School in Minnesota, where he led his team to a Class A State Championship in 2016.
“I want to thank the Wilderness organization for giving me the opportunity to play at the next level; coaches Madsen, Benedict, and Colvard for pushing me each day to be a little better than the last; the community of Cloquet for supporting Wilderness hockey and, most importantly, my teammates for hours spent on the ice, miles on the bus, and memories made. I am blessed and look forward to the opportunity to play for the RedHawks and further my education at Miami University,” stated Gotz.
“Our entire organization is proud of Eric. His work ethic, demeanor, and hockey IQ are second to none in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Miami is getting a special young man that will represent their program well,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.