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Austin defenseman Malinski makes NCAA DI commitment

January 11, 2023

The Austin Bruins, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that Captain and defenseman Jack Malinski has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Vermont in Hockey East.

“I am proud to announce my commitment to play Division I hockey and further my education at the University of Vermont," said Malinski.  "I’d like to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates for all the help along the way. Go Cats!”

Malinski, 20, has appeared in 81 career regular-season games with the Bruins. So far this season, the 5’11/180 lbs. native of Lakeville, MN has 26 points (3 goals, 23 assists) and a +24 rating.

Malinski was named the NAHL’s Defenseman of the Month for November 2022. During the month, led all NAHL defensemen during the month with 10 points (all assists) in eight games played, along with a +10 rating. Malinski recorded at least a point in seven of the eight contests during the month and had three multi-point games.

Prior to his time with the Bruins, Malinski played four seasons with Lakeville South High School and with the Minnesota Magicians 16U & 18U AAA programs of the NAPHL.

"Our entire organization is beyond excited for Jack," stated Head Coach Steve Howard. "He has been a true leader here in Austin and continues to prove that daily. The Catamounts are getting a great player and an even better person."

The University of Vermont is an NCAA Division 1 institution in Burlington, Vermont. The Catamounts are members of the Hockey East Conference and play at the Gutterson Fieldhouse. Malinski will be joining former Bruin Jens Richards next season when he begins his collegiate career.

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