The Waterloo Black Hawks announced that goaltender C.J. Motte has committed to play collegiate hockey at Ferris State University beginning in the fall of 2011.
The 18-year-old native of St. Clair is in his second USHL season after appearing in 42 games for the Black Hawks in 2009-10 and earning 21 victories. It was the seventh 20-win season for a Waterloo goaltender in USHL history. Motte has appeared in three games this season, posting a 1.97 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage.
"The statistics don't show what C.J. is like off the ice," said Waterloo head coach P.K. O'Handley. "Since he came to Waterloo, C.J. has matured into a leadership role. He takes a very serious approach to his preparation, and he is a competitor."
Motte also played for the Traverse City North Stars of the NAHL back in 2008-2009, going 22-9-2 with a 2.30 GAA, .913 save percentage, three shutouts and one assist. He was also a member of the All-North Division Team that year.
One other USHL player is committed to Ferris State as Tri-City Storm forward and Baldwin native Dominic Panetta will play hockey there following his USHL career.
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