Minot forward Schwenninger makes NCAA DI commitment
The Minot Minotauros, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are proud to announce that Top Prospects forward Dean Schwenninger has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Stonehill College. Schwenninger becomes the first Minotauro to head to Stonehill as they make the transition to NCAA DI this season.
Schwenninger, 20, played just one season in the NAHL in Minot, his final year of junior eligibility. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Zurich, Switzerland, finished second on the team in scoring during the 2021-22 season, posting 36 points in 50 games on 11 goals and 25 assists. He also represented the Tauros at the 2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament where he had an assist for Team Central.
Schwenninger cited the beautiful campus and friendly environment as factors for choosing Stonehill. “Playing for the programs first year of Division 1 is an exciting challenge that I really wanted to take on. I felt like they really wanted me come there, which is always an important part,” said Schwenninger.
Aside from hockey the chance to further his education was a big factor in choosing to come to North America in the first place for Schwenninger and now that he has reached that goal he is planning to study business at Stonehill.
Tauros Head Coach and General Manager Cody Campbell was excited for Schwenninger. “We are thrilled for Dean and his family. He is going to have a fantastic opportunity to be apart of the first Division 1 class at Stonehill and receive a fantastic education in the process. He will bring dynamic skill and a phenomenal attitude to the Skyhawks program as they take steps forward as an NCAA D1 program,” said Campbell.
“The Tauros gave me chance to succeed from day one and always believed in me. I will forever be thankful for the time I had in Minot. I would like to thank the whole Tauro organization and all the people who helped me along the way,” continued Schwenninger.