The St. Louis Bandits have announced that forward Chris Ciotti has committed to Lake Superior State University (CCHA), while defenseman Grant Gettinger has committed Mercyhurst College (Atlantic Hockey).
Both will attend and play hockey at the respective schools beginning next season.
They are the fifth and sixth players who competed in last month’s NAHL Top Prospects Tournament to commit to a Division I program after the event.
Ciotti, the Bandits’ captain, ranks second on the team in scoring with 64 points on 27 goals through 50 games.
"Chris has worked hard to earn an opportunity to play college hockey in the CCHA and for a competitive program like Lake State,” Bandits assistant coach Trevor Stewart said of the 20-year-old from Romeo, Mich. “Lake Superior will be getting a good hockey player who’ll only get better.”
Gettinger, a 20-year-old from North Olmsted, Ohio, has five goals and 20 assists in 43 games from the St. Louis blue line this season.
"Grant will do anything to help his team win and Mercyhurst will be very pleased with him,” said Stewart. “He’s a leader for us, on and off the ice, and he’ll make a fine student-athlete at a program that’s always competitive
in the Atlantic Hockey Association.”
With their commitments secured, the pair now has its sights set on vying for the program’s fourth Robertson Cup championship in five years.
“Chris and Grant are excited about their opportunities with collegiate hockey, but they remain focused on playing their best hockey come playoff time,” said the coach.
View the complete NAHL College Commitment List.