The Motor City Machine has announced that first-year forward Ryan Misiak has committed to Mercyhurst College (Atlantic Hockey) for the 2011-12 season.
Misiak, a 17-year-old from Shelby Township, Mich., is the 10th player who competed in January's NAHL Top Prospects Tournament to commit to a Division I program following the event.
“We couldn’t be happier for Ryan,” said Machine head coach Sean Clark. “He’s worked hard for this opportunity and we have no doubt he’ll be a great fit for the Mercyhurst program.”
Misiak, who ranks second in team scoring with 12 goals for 32 points after 52 games, is the fourth player from this year’s Machine team to commit to an NCAA program, joining Jon Bobb (Army), Trevor John (Tufts University) and Joe Rogers (University of Notre Dame).
The nine other NAHL players to commit to a school after the Top Prospects Tournament are: Fairbanks Ice Dogs defenseman Brandon Martell (Ohio State University) and goaltender Phil Cook (Minnesota State-Mankato); Springfield Jr. Blues forward Trent Frey (Mercyhurst); St. Louis Bandits defenseman Tyler Elbrecht (Minnesota State-Mankato) and goaltender Keith Kinkaid (Union); RoadRunners goaltender Bryce Merriam (RPI) and forward Steve Shafer (Canisius College); and Wenatchee Wild forwards Duncan McKellar (Bemidji State University) and Mitch Torrel (Air Force).