Minot forward Karpman makes NCAA DI commitment
The Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are proud to announce that forward and NAPHL grad Huston Karpman has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Connecticut Huskies in Hockey East. Karpman becomes the 72 NCAA DI commit in the history of the Tauros program and first to commit both to UConn and the first under Head Coach and General Manager Cody Campbell.
The announcement comes on the same day that Karpman was announced as the NAHL Forward of the Month for October on the strength of his eight goals and eight assists in nine games last month. Overall, on the 2021-22 season, Karpman has 20 points on nine goals and 11 helpers which puts him tied for 7th in the NAHL.
“I chose UConn because of the direction they are heading. They have established themselves as a top program in the country and are getting even better every year. With the new rink being built they will also have a top facility in college hockey,” said Karpman. Aside from hockey while attending UConn Karpman intends to study business.
“The Huskies are getting a great two-way forward that is responsible in his own zone and has a knack for consistently creating offense. Huston is an extremely competitive person. His competitiveness and willingness to do what is needed of him to help his team be successful will translate to the D1 level and help UConn win hockey games over the next four years,” said Minotauros head coach Cody Campbell.
Karpman is a ladder of development success story, having previously played in the NAPHL during the 2017-18 season for the Shattuck-St. Mary’s 18U team. In 15 NAPHL games that season, he recorded 12 points. He concluded that year by playing in the 2018 NAHL 18U Top Prospects Tournament for the NAPHL West Team, where he had two points in four games.
“I’d like to thank my teammates for always having my back and pushing me to be better every day. The coaches I've played for over the years and especially here in Minot, and my family for the unconditional support and love that has got me to this point,” continued Karpman. “My time here in Minot has been amazing. It's one of the best organizations in junior hockey and we are given every opportunity to be successful as a team and individually.”
While this news is certainly focused on Karpman and his success it is also a milestone for Campbell who gets a player to the NCAA DI level for the first time as a Head Coach less than two months since taking over. However. Campbell insisted on keeping the focus on the player. “We are extremely proud and excited for Huston and his family. His sacrifice and commitment to his craft has earned him this opportunity."