Minot defenseman Skinner makes NCAA D1 commitment
October 30, 2019
The Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are proud to announce that defenseman and former Team NAHL member Sam Skinner has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for Ferris State University in the WCHA.
Skinner,19, becomes the 51st Minotauros player to earn an NCAA Division 1 commitment and fifth member of the current team to have college plans.
Skinner listed several reasons for committing to Ferris State aside from the obvious hockey related reasons. “Ferris State is close to home, I love the campus, and it has a really good criminal justice program. I want to eventually be a detective,” said Skinner. “I was given a lot of ice time here in Minot, and the coaching staff helped me mature both on and off the ice. I want to thank all the coaches in Minot, my parents, teammates, and all my past coaches for helping me get to the next level.”
Skinner is in his second season playing in the NAHL with Minot. The 5’9/172 lbs. native of Schoolcraft, Michigan, has recorded 9 points in 12 games thus far during the 2019-20 season. Overall in his NAHL career, Skinner has posted 23 points in 45 games played.
Skinner was selected to and played for Team NAHL this past summer in the 2019 Sirius Ice Hockey World Cup in Sochi, Russia.
Minotauros Head Coach/General Manager Marty Murray was not surprised to see Skinner commit given the way his game has grown. “Sam has made some huge strides in his game this season. He learned a lot last year, and has really come into his own establishing himself as a top defenseman on a nightly basis, both offensively and defensively. He plays in every situation for us and we expect him to log a lot of ice for us as the season progresses.”