Norsemen forward Hong makes NCAA DI commitment
The St. Cloud Norsemen of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that forward, captain and NAPHL alum Nik Hong has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Dartmouth College in the ECAC.
Hong, 19, is in his second season with the Norsemen, both as a letter-wearer. The 6’0/186 lbs. native of Minneapolis, MN, has played in 51 games this season, scoring 49 points on 17 goals and 32 assists, averaging 0.96 points per game.
In his North American Hockey League career, Hong, the right-shot ’02 center, has played in 107 games, scoring 66 points.
“Education is very important to me. Having the opportunity to go to a world class school while also being able to play high level Division I hockey made Dartmouth a no brainer for me,” said the Norsemen captain. “I really liked the coaching staff. They have a clear vision for the future and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”
Prior to his Norsemen tenure, Hong played four years for Shattuck-St. Mary’s. That included the 2017-18 season, when he played in 21 games for the Shattuck 16U team that was a member of the NAPHL. In those 21 NAPHL games that season, Hong registered 7 points.
Hong’s commitment marks the eighth NCAA Division I commitment on the active roster, along with Brandon Lajoie (Alaska-Anchorage), Blake Mesenburg (Miami), Evan Murr (Minnesota State), Ryan O’Neill (Univ. of St. Thomas), John Opilka (St. Cloud State), Blake Perbix (Northern Michigan) and Max Strand (Vermont).