Wilderness defenseman Vold makes NCAA DI commitment
March 6, 2017
The Minnesota Wilderness, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that veteran defenseman and team Captain Tyler Vold has committed to play NCAA Division I College Hockey at Bemidji State University. Bemidji State, fresh off of the regular season championship in the WCHA, is one of five Division I schools in the state of Minnesota.
The announcement comes less than a week after Vold was selected to and played in the 2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Central Division team.
Head Coach Tim Madsen had this to say about his captains’ decision to commit to Bemidji State University: “When I think of the Minnesota Wilderness Organization, and who we are, the first player that I think of is Tyler Vold. He epitomizes the culture that we have developed here. He is a great hockey player, great citizen in the community, great teammate, and elite person. Our entire organization couldn’t be more proud. He is joining a top-20 program in the country that has, and will always compete for championships.”
Vold is the 5th Wilderness player thus far that has finalized his plans to play Division I Hockey next season - joining Mike Zuffante (Bentley), Tristan Rostagno (Michigan Tech), Luke Kania (Brown), and Nick Olczyk (Colorado College).
Vold, 20, the Wilderness’ all-time leader in points for a defenseman on his recent commitment: “I want to thank the Minnesota Wilderness Organization for everything they have done for me the past two years. It was an honor to play for great coaches and ownership and to wear the Wilderness jersey. I couldn’t be more happy and excited to be attending Bemidji State next season."
The 5'11/180 lbs. native of Andover, Minnesota, is currently 4th in the league for points by a defenseman at 34 points – 6 goals and 28 assists. Last season, his rookie season, Vold notched a total of 26 points – 2 goals and 24 assists.
“The organization could not be happier for Tyler. He has been here for the past two year and has literally played in every game. I’ve been in the league for a number of years and I have never met anyone more deserving than Tyler to play Division I hockey. The Wilderness organization is extremely happy for his entire family," said Wilderness General Manager, Dave Boitz.