Des Moines Buccaneers' defenseman Jeff Petry has committed to Michigan State University for the 2007-2008 season.
The 18-year-old Farmington Hills native finished the regular season with one goal and 14 assists and then posted two goals and five assists while being +8 in the Bucs' run to the 2006 Clark Cup Tier I National Championship. Petry, 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, will return to the Buccaneers this season before heading to East Lansing to play for the Spartans.
He is the eighteenth player from the 2005-06 Buccaneers squad to commit to a Division I college - just one commitment short of the USHL record.
Petry's father is former Detroit Tigers' pitcher Dan Petry, a member of the 1984 World Series champion team. Jeff was born three years later.
"Jeff's season and story are one I'll be telling forever," Des Moines coach Regg Simon said. "We got him out of Michigan AAA hockey in early November. He comes to Des Moines, develops into one of the most sought-after defensemen in the country by the end of the season, wins a championship, gets a scholarship to a top program and university and is going to be drafted by an NHL team this coming weekend.
"I don't think you could've scripted it any better than that."