Minot forward Longhi makes NCAA DI commitment
The Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are proud to announce that forward Hunter Longhi has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for American International College, becoming the 94th Minotauro to commit to an NCAA DI program. Longhi also becomes the first Tauro to commit to A.I.C. while playing for the Tauros, both Aaron Grounds and Jake Rosenbaum are currently playing there.
“Winning is something I value highly and that’s something that AIC has done a lot of in recent years,” said Longhi. “The mindset of being a winner comes with being a Tauro helped me a lot. Showing up and being prepared to be your best every day is the feeling I’ve gained from joining this organization.”
The Yellow Jackets have been the regular season Atlantic Hockey conference champions each of the last four seasons, three of which they won their conference tournament earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Tauros Head Coach and General Manager Cody Campbell agreed. “We believe AIC is getting a player that is going to make an impact immediately on the ice and a person that will add to the strength of the campus community. Hunter came here in an off-season trade, and fully bought into our culture and process and his work ethic, leadership and consistent play have rewarded him with a fantastic opportunity to be a student athlete at AIC.”
That buy-in by Longhi has paid off as he is currently tied with Nick O’Hanisain for the Tauros team lead with 15 points through 13 games played, which is also good for ninth overall in the NAHL. Longhi’s team high 10 assists are good for seventh overall in the league.
Overall in his NAHL career Longhi, 20, has posted 141 points in 164 games played over the last four seasons.
Once on campus Longhi says he is planning to study Sports management and added that aside from hockey he likes that A.I.C. because it’s a smaller school, where everyone knows everyone else on campus.
Finally, Longhi is thankful for the support he has had throughout his career saying, “The Tauros. Anyone who has ever believed in me and helped me get here. My coaches, my teammates, and my family/friends. I thank my parents the most, everything they’ve ever done has either been for me, or for my best interest.”