St. Cloud defenseman Young makes NCAA DI commitment
The St. Cloud Norsemen of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that Top Prospects defenseman and captain Nick Young has announced his commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey at Union College in the ECAC.
Young is a 6'3/210 lbs. right-shot defenseman from Raleigh, North Carolina. Young, 20, played 106 regular season games in the North American Hockey League over the course of two seasons, tallying 9 goals and 25 assists for 34 points.
In the 2021-22 season, Young played in all 71 games in the regular season and playoffs, scoring 6 goals and adding 18 assists for 24 points. A staple on the penalty kill, Young also picked up three shorthanded assists this season.
I am very excited and honored to announce that I have committed to play Division 1 hockey at Union College and further my education. I want to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates for helping me get to where I am today. I also want to thank God for guiding me all these years and keeping me on the right path,” stated Young.
Young led the Norsemen to the NAHL Robertson Cup playoffs and a Central Division championship, helping St. Cloud to a franchise record 41 wins in the regular season and 47 wins overall.
He was also selected to and played in the 2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Central Division team.
St. Cloud had the fourth-lowest goals against in the NAHL. The Norsemen defense allowed the second-fewest shots in the league this season.
Young began his NAHL career with the Lone Star Brahmas during the 2020-21 season after playing prep hockey for Avon Old Farms. He was traded at the deadline to St. Cloud where he spent the remainder of the season. In total, he had 12 points in 46 games played during his rookie campaign.
The Norsemen have ten NCAA commits on the active roster and an 11th was called up by his NCAA team at the semester break (Sam Duerr, Maine). NCAA Division I commitments are: Nik Hong (Dartmouth), Brandon Lajoie (Alaska-Anchorage), Blake Mesenburg (Miami), Evan Murr (Minnesota State – Mankato), Ryan O’Neill (St. Thomas), John Opilka (St. Cloud State), Blake Perbix (Northern Michigan), Max Strand (Vermont), Young (Union) -- along with Gunnar Johnson who will play Division III at St. Olaf.