Michigan Tech has announced the signing of Eric Kattelus, a Houghton native, to a National Letter of Intent for the 2007-08 season.
A 6-foot-1, 165-pound forward, Kattelus was named the 2006 North American Hockey League Rookie of the Year after registering 35-40--75 points in 50 games with the Bismarck Bobcats. Kattelus led all NAHL rookies in scoring and ranked third in goals and points among all players. He also led the Bobcats with nine power-play goals and six game-winning markers.
Originally from Traverse City, Kattelus moved to Houghton prior to his junior year of high school, where he played one season for the Ojibwa Eagles midget AAA team. He compiled 30-45--75 points in 49 contests for the Eagles in 2004-05 and was named co-MVP.
Taken as the seventh pick in the first round of the 2006 United States Hockey League Entry Draft, Kattelus will spend next year with the Indiana Ice.
"Eric is an extremely competitive player with a very high skill level," said MTU head coach Jamie Russell. "He is already a complete player who can play both ends of the ice. He is working hard to add strength to his frame which will only increase his ability to dominate games at the college level. Not only is he a super player, but he is a great person with very strong local ties to this community."