North Iowa forward Mesic makes NCAA DI commitment
The North Iowa Bulls, proud members of the North American Hockey League, are pleased to announce that forward Michael Mesic has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Northern Michigan University in the CCHA.
His commitment makes him the North Iowa Bulls' first NCAA commit in the NAHL era. The Bulls had 110 players reach the NCAA ranks after making stops in Mason City during their decade in the NA3HL, including nine who went on to play Division I hockey.
Northern Michigan is a member of the new Central Collegiate Hockey Association, which returns this season after an eight-year absence from the college hockey landscape.
The 17-year-old forward has already made a huge impact as a North Iowa Bull, notching seven points in his first six games in the River City. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Plymouth, MI, opened his time as a Bull with two assists and the eventual game-winning goal in the team's season opener September 15, a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wilderness at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota.
"As one of the youngest players on our team, he's already made a big impact, and we expect him to only get better and better," said North Iowa head coach and general manager Todd Sanden. "We wish him all luck and success at Northern Michigan University."
Before embarking on his junior career, he rose through the ranks of some of Detroit's most well-known hockey programs, suiting up for Little Caesars, Compuware and Honeybaked over the previous three years. Mesic notched 51 points in 35 games for the Honeybaked 16U AAA squad last season, and also earned a brief stint on the U.S. National Team Development Program's Under-17 roster. This season, he is also reunited with older brother Jack, who played two seasons.