Austin defenseman Mysak makes NCAA D1 commitment
December 24, 2019
The Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that defenseman Josef Mysak has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for Niagara University in Atlantic Hockey.
Mysak, 20, has played in 129 games for Austin over the course of three seasons and along with being the longest tenured Bruin on the current roster, he ranks ninth-all times in games played.
Hailing from Litvinov, Czech Republic, Mysak (6'3/205) began his NAHL career in Austin in 2017-18 where he played in 44 games and logged 10 points. The following season, he improved in every category getting into 53 games with 13 total points. Already in 2019-20, Mysak has eclipsed last season point total in half as many games as he takes his play to the next level.
“Our staff is so happy for Josef,” said Bruins Head Coach Steve Howard. “He’s been a Bruin for three season now and developed into a great defenseman. Josef works extremely hard and it has earned him this opportunity with Niagara. The Purple Eagles are getting a great young man and a tremendous hockey player.”
Mysak was selected to and played in the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the NAHL Selects White team, where he recorded one assist in two games.
Mysak becomes the second player in two days to commit to a Division-I school, following teammate Ben Almquist who begins play at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2020.
“I chose Niagara University because I like the way they do things and I think they can really help with my development as a hockey player,” said Mysak. “I’m looking forward to playing Division-I hockey and representing my family and former teams. The Bruins helped me to get to the point where I am right now. They helped me to grow as a person and as a hockey player. I’m very thankful to be to be part of this community in Austin.”
Mysak will finish up his final year of junior eligibility with the Bruins before starting his collegiate career in 2020-21 with Niagara next fall.