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Austin defenseman Simmons-Fischer makes NCAA DI commitment

November 24, 2021

The Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that defenseman Braidan Simmons-Fischer has announced his commitment to play NCAA Division 1 Hockey at the University of St. Thomas.

Simmons-Fischer, 19, is in his third season of junior hockey and second season playing in the NAHL. The 6’7/220 native of Waterford, Michigan, began his NAHL career with Austin during the 2020-21 campaign, recording nine points in 36 games played.

So far for the Bruins this season, he has recorded three points in 20 games played. Simmons-Fischer has played in 56 career games in the NAHL and has collected 4 goals and 8 assist for a total of 12 points.

“I want to take this time to say thank you to all my friends, family, and coaches that have helped me along the way,” said Simmons-Fischer. “I’m excited for the next four years ahead.”

“Our entire organization is beyond excited for Braidan,”  stated Head Coach and General Manager, Steve Howard. “He wanted to stay here in Austin and switch positions to become a defenseman…here we are 20 games in and he’s earned his commitment to St. Thomas. We are looking forward to continuing his development on the back end and getting him ready to play at the University of St. Thomas.”

St. Thomas has recently made the jump from NCAA Division 3 Hockey to the NCAA Division 1 level and is competing in the newly formed Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).

Click here for an updated NAHL to NCAA commitment list

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