St. Louis Bandits forward Mike Merrifield has committed to Michigan State University for the 2009-10 season.
Merrifield, from Beverly Hills, leads all first-year North American Hockey League players in scoring with 18 goals and 56 points after 55 games. The 18-year-old’s plus-33 rating ranks second in the league.
"Playing hockey for Michigan State has been a dream of mine since I was seven years old,” said Merrifield. “I can't be happier. I want to thank the Bandits organization for helping this become a reality.”
"One thing you never have to worry about with Mike is his work ethic and commitment to play, and play hard,” said Bandits coach-GM Jon Cooper. “The fact that he has exceptional skill and speed is icing on the cake.”
Merrifield is the seventh Bandit from this year’s team to commit to a Division I program this season.