The Springfield Jr. Blues have announced that third-year forward Andrew Berecz, 20, has committed to Wayne State University for the 2007-08 season.
"We’re very happy for Andrew,” said Jr. Blues coach-GM Nick Pollos. “He will be an asset to the Wayne State program.”
After 42 games this season, the Rochester, Ill., native has 17 goals and 30 points. Ten of Berecz’s goals have come on the power play.
“He has great hockey sense and the ability to make the right play at the right time,” Pollos said of his team's captain. “He goes hard to the net and scores goals from in tight.”
“I'm very excited about the opportunity to play for Wayne State," said Berecz.
Berecz started his junior career with the CSHL’s Peoria Mustangs under the tutelage of coach Kevin Lune. He later signed a tender with Springfield.
“Kevin spoke very highly of Andrew as we were scouting him,” said Pollos. “The more we watched him, the more upside we saw in his game. He does all the little things that coaches love.”
Berecz becomes the fourth member of this year’s Jr. Blues to commit to a Division I program, joining Adam Roy (Holy Cross), Chris Waterstradt (University of Connecticut) and Christian Hmura (Wayne State).