Bismarck forward Hillman makes NCAA D1 commitment
October 21, 2019
The Bismarck Bobcats of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that forward Will Hillman has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for Minnesota State of the WCHA.
“It’s hard to put into words something this big to me,” Hillman said. “I’ve wanted to go there for so long, it’s a great fit and I’m ready to be part of the Maverick family.”
The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Blaine, Minnesota currently leads the NAHL in goals with 10 tallies in 10 games. His 12 points rank second on the Bobcats. Overall in 17 career NAHL games, Hillman has recorded 14 points.
“He’s got great hockey sense, he’s a big body, he protects pucks, he competes,” said Sedevie. “That’s the reason he will have really good success at the next level.”
Hillman is the second Bobcat to commit this season after Austin Schwartz committed to Air Force in September. Both players will be playing Division I hockey in their home states.
“That’s what we’re trying to do, get these kids opportunities at the next level.” said Bobcats head coach and general manager Layne Sedevie. “I think it’s well deserved. Look what he’s done with his start of the year.”
“The game and the coaching staff [in Bismarck] sped up my thinking process,” Hillman said. “To play more like a man.”
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Hillman spent three seasons playing for Blaine High School in Minnesota, where he served as team captain his senior year.