Topeka forward Zilisch makes NCAA D1 commitment
April 8, 2020
The Topeka Pilots of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that forward Connor Zilisch has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for Canisius College in Atlantic Hockey.
Zilisch, 20, just completed his third and final playing junior hockey in the NAHL. The 6’2/205 lbs. native of Appleton, Wisconsin, had his best career season on the ice during the 2019-20 campaign as he finished 2nd in team scoring with 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 51 games played.
“I am proud to announce my commitment to play Division 1 hockey and continue my education at Canisius College. Thank you to my family, friends, teammates, and coaches who have helped me along the way. #GoGriffs,” stated Zilisch on Twitter.
Zilisch made his NAHL debut with the Coulee Region Chill during the 2017-18 season. He began the 2018-19 season playing for the Chippewa Steel and was later traded to Topeka in November of 2018. Overall in 166 career NAHL games, Zilisch has recorded 88 points.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to coach Connor the last couple of seasons. His character and work ethic were contagious and set the bar high each and every day for our group. In his final year of junior hockey, he was completely bought in to finding his identity as a hockey player. His attention to detail translated to quality play all over the ice. We look forward to following Connor though his college career at Canisius and beyond,” said Topeka head coach Simon Watson.
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Zlisch played for Team Wisconsin and Appleton United High.