Green Bay Gamblers forward William Kessel has committed to play collegiate hockey at the Western Michigan University and will enroll at the school in the fall of 2011.
During his first USHL season, the native of Bloomfield Hills scored 18 points (10g, 8a) and posted a plus-10 rating while appearing in 52 regular season games to help the Gamblers earn a team record 45 wins and the Anderson Cup.
Kessel tallied a goal in his first career USHL game, a 5-1 win over Team USA on October 9, 2009. The 18-year-old also helped the Gamblers capture the Clark Cup as playoff champions. He appeared in all 12 postseason contests and contributed four points (1g, 3a) and a plus-five rating.
Seven other USHL players from the 2009-10 season are also committed to attend Western Michigan University: Alex Carpenter (Chicago Steel), Nick Pisellini (Chicago Steel), Shane Berschbach (Indiana Ice), Dennis Brown (Omaha Lancers), Dan DeKeyser (Sioux City Musketeers), Chase Balisy (Team USA) and David Donnellan (Youngstown Phantoms).
A total of 13 USHL alumni competed for the Broncos during the 2009-10 season: Brett Beebe (Chicago Steel), Chris Clackson (Chicago Steel), J.J. Crew (Lincoln Stars), Ross Henry (Lincoln Stars), Jerry Kuhn (Sioux City Musketeers), Ben Miller (Waterloo Black Hawks), Travis Paeth (Des Moines Buccaneers), Derek Roehl (Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets), Ian Slater (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Greg Squires (Indiana Ice), Matt Tennyson (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Dane Walters (Sioux Falls Stampede) and Luke Witkowski (Fargo Force).
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