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Maryland forward Stitz makes NCAA DI commitment

October 13, 2022

Samuel Stitz played part of the 2020-21 season in the NAPHL prior to this season in the NAHL.

The Maryland Black Bears of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that forward and NAPHL grad Samuel Stitz has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the Air Force Academy in Atlantic Hockey.

Stitz, 19, is in his second season of playing junior hockey and first in the NAHL. So far during the 2022-23 season, Stitz has recorded five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in eight games played. His first career NAHL goal game in his second game, which was a 3-1 win over New Jersey back on September 10th.  

“I am excited to announce my commitment to further my education and play hockey for the Air Force Academy. I am very grateful to the many people who have helped me reach my goal of playing D1 hockey and attending a great academic institution,” said Stitz.

“We have seen Sam develop as a player, on and off the ice for a few years now, and are extremely proud and excited to see him achieve his goal of attaining a Division 1 commitment. Air Force is getting an outstanding player, and an even better person. His work ethic, drive, preparation, is as detailed and good as any player that has put on the Maryland Black Bears uniform. Congrats to Sam and his family. This is well deserved,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.

Prior to playing junior hockey, Stitz played for Team Maryland, which included a stint in the NAPHL during the 2020-21 season, in which he appeared in eight regular season and playoff games and recorded three points.

Click here for an updated NAHL to NCAA commitment list

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