Maine forward Wiberg makes NCAA DI commitment
The Maine Nordiques of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are proud to announce that forward Filip Wiberg has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Wiberg, 20, just completed his second and final season playing in the NAHL for the Nordiques. The 6’2/195 lbs. native of Trondheim, Norway, was 3rd in team scoring during the 2022-23 season with 49 points (17 goals, 32 assists) in 60 games played. He also added seven points in seven Robertson Cup Playoff games.
“Achieving the D1 level has been a goal of mine for a long time,” said Wiberg. “The successful direction of the team, the school’s history of excellence, and player development, is something I feel so blessed to be a part of. The academics at Alaska-Fairbanks are great and the campus is beautiful. I am so pumped for this new challenge." Once on campus Wiberg is planning to study either Engineering or Business.
During his first NAHL season in 2021-22, Wiberg recorded 16 points in 43 games played. Overall, he has appeared in 103 regular season games and recorded 65 points (24 goals, 41 assists) while in the NAHL.
Nordiques Head Coach/General Manager Matt Pinchevsky was incredibly excited for Wiberg, due to the timing of the offer and how great he was in the playoffs.
“To say that Filip has earned this would be an understatement. His dominant two-way play this season, made him one of the best centermen in the league and when our family needed him to step into a leadership role, he was the right guy for the job. His efforts are being rewarded with this opportunity and he is going to add a consistent positive impact to the UAF community and culture. Our family is so proud and excited for Filip's accomplishment, he is truly a Warrior that needs no weapons.”
Although his time with Maine was only two years, Wiberg believes it certainly helped him reach his goal. “Going to work for my hockey family and getting a chance to work with Pinch everyday has helped me evolve in so many ways! I love winning with Coach Pinch and he gave us an opportunity to play on this team, put us in a position to embrace adversity, and helped develop me into the person and hockey player I will continue to be!”
Wiberg also took time to acknowledge those who have helped him reach his goal. “I would like to thank both my parents who have given me this opportunity to play hockey overseas and for the sacrifice of big parts of their lives to help me achieve my goals and dreams! I’d like to thank my teammates for always supporting me. I’d like to thank Coach Pinch for helping me along this journey in every possible way. What we had as a family was truly special. Also thanks to all my former coaches and teammates and billet families that have helped and supported me."
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