Wichita Falls forward Wozniak makes NCAA DI commitment
The Wichita Falls Warriors of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that forward and captain Jackson Wozniak has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Lindenwood University.
This season with the Warriors, Wozniak, 21, has recorded a total of 16 points on 4 goals and 12 assists in 32 games played. The 5’10/185 lbs. native of Cypress, CA, is in his fourth full season of playing junior hockey. Wozniak joins five other Warriors who have already made their commitments.
After playing for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings and Colorado Thunderbirds for his youth hockey, Wozniak played junior hockey in Canada. He made his NAHL debut with the Corpus Christi IceRays during the 2018-19 season.
The Warriors captain knows that there is a special culture in Wichita Falls that has helped him grow into this opportunity. “The character in the locker room is second to none and my teammates constantly challenge me on and off the ice every day, and I couldn’t have done it without them.”
“I’m just beyond grateful for the opportunity,” continued Wozniak. “I’ve wanted to play college hockey my whole life and I’m excited to be a part of something very special at Lindenwood. Very similar to this year with the Warriors being their inaugural season, I’ll have the opportunity to be a part of Lindenwood’s inaugural season as the team transitions to Division I.”
The Lindenwood University Lions hockey program currently competes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) at the Division I level, but the men’s ice hockey program will make the transition to the NCAA Division I level starting in the 2022-23 season.
“As a coaching staff and organization, we are so excited for Jackson and his family for earning this opportunity at Lindenwood,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth. “Jackson had quite a few teams after him this offseason, but he chose to come here to Wichita Falls and help lead an expansion team in its inaugural season. His leadership from day one led to him unanimously being voted as our captain and he has continued throughout the season to be a difference maker for us in every aspect of the game.”
There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Wozniak could help lead the team as he carried himself as a leader from the moment, he met his teammates and arrived in Wichita Falls. Out of Wozniak’s four goals scored this season, two have been game winning goals and one was scored short-handed.
“His experience this season will help him go into Lindenwood and help lead that program in its transition period. We are grateful for what he has helped build here in Wichita Falls, and we are looking forward to watching his continued growth as a player and person through college hockey,” concluded Roth.