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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Florek headlines '08-09 NMU freshmen

Compiled by MiCHO Staff

Northern Michigan University has signed four players who will skate for the Wildcats starting next season.

Joining the program will be three forwards and a defenseman.

The forwards are Andrew Cherniwchan, Justin Florek and Tyler Gron with Cory Pritz the lone defenseman.

“I can tell you I am extremely pleased,” said NMU head coach Walt Kyle. “It takes a lot of work to get these guys. In my opinion, these are some real top-end players.”

Florek is perhaps the biggest recruit in many years for the Wildcats as the Marquette native is in his second year with the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor .

He was ranked in the NHL’s Central Scouting early list with an ‘A’ ranking. The ranking identifies a player who is predicted to be a potential first- or second-round draft selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

“Justin is a guy that has enormous potential,” Kyle said. “He is a guy who cares about Northern hockey and being part of this program. I expect huge things from him.”

Cherniwchan (Drayton Valley Thunder/Alberta Junior Hockey League), Gron (Fort McMurray Oil Barons/AJHL) and Pritz (Westside Warriors/British Columbia Hockey League) are all from western Canada.

For more, click here for the official NMU release.

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