Minot forward Warnert makes NCAA DI commitment
The Minot Minotauros of North American Hockey League (NAHL) are proud to announce that forward Blaine Warnert has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of St. Thomas. Warnert becomes the 71st NCAA DI commit to play for the Minotauros over ten seasons.
The 6’5/190 lbs. native Chaska, Minnesota, native has appeared in 46 games to date so far during the 2020-21 regular season and recorded 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists).
“I picked St. Thomas in part because it reminds me of high school where I grew up in a small town where each year and year we got better and by my senior year we had a great chance to win. The school is close to home and that it has great academics with great alumni support,” said Warnert.
As for those academics Warnert intends to study business finance while playing at the next level. Warnert’s commit to St. Thomas comes on the heels of his second hat trick of the season. His three goals in Austin last Saturday night turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 Tauros overtime victory. Overall on the season his 14 goals are second on the team, his 25 total points are fourth, and his +5 rating is third.
Tauros Head Coach and General Manager Shane Wagner is excited for Warnert’s commitment. “I’m very proud of Blaine and his commitment. Blaine has not only been a major factor on the ice, but a major factor off the ice as well. He’s a great teammate, leader, and most importantly he’s a great kid. I’m excited to see him continue on playing at STU,” said Wagner.
Warnert believes being a Minotauro has contributed to his growth and eventually the opportunity to play NCAA DI hockey.
“Playing for Minot gave me the opportunity every day to become better and grow as a person and a player. I would like to thank my friends and family for their support in reaching this goal.”