St. Cloud forward Winter makes NCAA commitment
The St. Cloud Blizzard of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that Top Prospects forward Bud Winter has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Saint Mary’s University.
Winter, 21 wrapped up his junior hockey career this spring playing three years in the NAHL. The 6’4/225 lbs. native of St. Louis, Missouri, totaled 134 games played and a career 53 points (23 goals, 30 assists) during his NAHL career.
During the 2019-20 season, Winter posted career-best numbers with 28 points (9 goals, 19 assists) in 47 games played. He was also selected to the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, but did not play due to injury.
“Playing three years of junior hockey I have grown as a person and as a player,” Winter said. “I can’t thank everyone enough who has helped me reach my goal of playing college hockey.”
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Winter spent a portion of the 2017-18 season with the St. Louis Jr. Blues in the NA3HL. In 11 regular season games with the Jr. Blues, Winter had 17 points and in the playoffs, Winter had eight points in seven games played helping the Jr. Blues all the way to the Fraser Cup Championship game.
Saint Mary’s University plays in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC, D3). SMU finished the 20190-20 season with a 6-9-1 record. SMU is located in Winona, Minnesota and the Cardinals play all their home games at the Saint Mary’s Ice Arena.
“I chose Saint Mary’s because I wanted to further my education at a great university,” Winter said. “I also wanted to be part of a program that is heading in the right direction with a supportive coaching staff.”