Omaha Lancers forward Ken Babinski has committed to play collegiate hockey at Ferris State University following his USHL career.
Babinski has put up 10 points (5g, 5a) in 22 games during his first USHL season. He picked up an assist in his USHL debut, a 3-2 win against Dubuque on October 1. The forward tallied the game-winning goal and assisted on another in the 5-2 win vs. Muskegon on December 11.
Babinski will be returning to his home state once his collegiate career begins as the Ferris State University campus is just 70 miles from his hometown of Midland.
Three other current USHL players are also committed to Ferris State University: Dominic Panetta (Indiana Ice), Simon Denis (Tri-City Storm) and C.J. Motte (Waterloo Black Hawks).
The Bulldogs have 10 USHL alumni on the roster this season: Eric Alexander (Lincoln Stars/Chicago Steel), Chad Billins (Waterloo Black Hawks), Kyle Bonis (Indiana Ice), Scott Czarnowczan (Green Bay Gamblers), Justin DeMartino (Waterloo Black Hawks), Mike Embach (Indiana Ice/Chicago Steel), Zach Redmond (Sioux Falls Stampede), Aaron Schmit (Chicago Steel), Scott Wietecha (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) and Brett Wysopal (Tri-City Storm).
In addition, Bulldogs assistant coach Mark Kaufman is a former head coach in the USHL (Sioux Falls Stampede 2003-05, Rochester Mustangs 1988-92).
Photo courtesy Robert Meyer