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Wildcats' Hartung headed to Bentley

February 25, 2009

Brett Hartung, from Florida, leads the Wildcats in scoring this season.

The Wichita Falls Wildcats have announced that third-year forward Brett Hartung has committed to Bentley University (Atlantic Hockey) for next season.

He is the seventh player who competed in last month's NAHL Top Prospects Tournament to commit to a school after the event.

"Bentley was a good choice for me for both academic and athletic reasons," Hartung said.  "I've done well in school, so to continue on to a college with great academics as well as Division I athletics is huge.  It's just a good fit for me and I've always wanted to be on the East Coast."

The Wildcats’ captain, Hartung, a 20-year-old from Tallahassee, Fla., has 23 goals for 39 points after 41 games this season.

"They have a newer program, but they're third in the conference right now, so they've got a good team," Hartung said about Bentley, located in Waltham, Mass., just outside of Boston.  

The six other players to commit to a school after the Top Prospects Tournament are: Springfield Jr. Blues forward Trent Frey (Mercyhurst); St. Louis Bandits defenseman Tyler Elbrecht (Minnesota State-Mankato) and goaltender Keith Kinkaid (Union); Topeka RoadRunners forward Steve Shafer (Canisius) and goaltender Bryce Merriam (RPI); and Wenatchee Wild forward Mitch Torrel.

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