Maryland forward Mountain makes NCAA DI commitment
The Maryland Black Bears of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that forward and NAPHL grad Luke Mountain has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Vermont in Hockey East.
Mountain, 20, has been in Maryland since their inaugural season of 2018-29, and has been a crucial part of the roster since his first season. He is a ladder of development product, having played in the NAPHL during the 2016-17 season with the Shattuck-St. Mary’s AAA 18U team, where he had 11 points in 22 NAPHL games that season. He would join the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep team a year later prior to making his way to the NAHL.
From the moment he stepped foot in Maryland, Mountain was an important part of the team’s offensive attack, scoring 18 goals and adding 10 assists in his 49-game rookie season. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Woodbury, MN, also gained a reputation as a “closer” of sorts, as he notched three game winners in his first season, on top of four goals on the power play.
Mountain returned to the Black Bears for the 2019-20 season, tallying 9 goals and 16 assists. Mountain’s leadership began to emerge that season, being named Assistant Captain and helping to lead the Black Bears towards the franchise’s first playoff berth, before the season was prematurely brought to a close.
Mountain then came back for a third season with the Black Bears in 2020-21 to much fanfare, and he has not disappointed. Through 12 games played this season, the recently named captain has notched 6 goals, including a game winner, and 4 assists. Luke had strung together a five-game point streak between October 16th and November 20th, being named the NAHL East Division Star of the Week during that span. Mountain hopes to continue to lead his team towards the top of the division when action resumes for the Black Bears in 2021.
Black Bears Head Coach Clint Mylymok has witnessed Luke’s development during these three years. “I am proud of this guy. He earned a commitment by sticking to and believing in the process. Vermont is getting a talented player and a fearless competitor.”
“I’m proud to announce that I have decided to further my academic and athletic career at the University of Vermont. First of all, I would like to thank my parents for pushing me and allowing me to be able to compete at this level and pursue my dreams. I would also like to thank all my coaches and family for always supporting me and cheering me on. Most Importantly I want to thank the Black Bear Family for bringing me to Maryland and making me part of the family! We started this journey together and we have come a long way. From Coach Mylymok and Gotkin, to our team president Robyn, my billet family (for dealing with me for 3 years), Black Bear Nation, and all my teammates that have been through this organization. Without all of you, none of this is possible and I am forever grateful. I’m looking forward to my next chapter at Vermont but Maryland will always hold an extremely special place in my heart,” said Mountain.