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Wilderness forward Cesario makes NCAA DI commitment

January 20, 2023

Minnesota Wilderness forward Joe Cesario played in the NAPHL during the 2018-19 season.

The Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that forward and NAPHL grad Joe Cesario has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the Air Force Academy in Atlantic Hockey.

Cesario, 19, has soared to the top of the team’s rookie scoring stats this season and will soar some more once he begins playing college hockey. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Westminster, CO, Cesario has played in all 35 of the team’s games in the 2022-23 NAHL season. His 13 goals, 9 assists and 22 points lead all Wilderness first year players.  He’s also played a critical role on Wilderness special teams, with his 5 power play goals being second on the team.  

“I am honored to announce my commitment to further my education, serve my country, and play Division 1 hockey at the Airforce Academy. I want to thank my family, coaches, teammates, and everyone who has helped and supported me along this journey!” said Cesario in a social media post.

With Air Force based in Colorado Springs, CO, Cesario will be returning to his home state when he moves on to play in the NCAA. 

"Really proud of Joe being rewarded for his hard work this season,” said Minnesota head coach Brett Skinner. “Being from Colorado, it really feels like a good fit for both Joe and Air Force and we couldn't be happier for him."

Cesario also played two games for the Wilderness during the 2021-22 season.  Prior to beginning his Jr. A career, he spent the previous four seasons with the Rocky Mountain Roughriders AAA program, which included a season in the NAPHL during the 2018-19 season, where he had 15 points in 12 NAPHL games.

Click here for an updated NAHL to NCAA commitment list

 
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