The Sioux City Musketeers have announced that goaltender Jake Hildebrand has committed to play college hockey at Michigan State University beginning in the 2012-13 season.
"I was ecstatic," said Hildebrand on having the commitment finalized. "It's one of the many goals you have as a hockey player so I was thrilled. The campus was great, the rink was amazing…it just seemed like a perfect fit for me."
Hildebrand has appeared in 25 USHL games, compiling a 9-10-1 record, a 2.66 goals against-average, and .903 save percentage. He made a career high 42 saves in the 3-2 win vs. Tri-City on Oct. 29, 2010 and made 40 saves in the season finale on April 9 as the Musketeers earned a 4-3 win against Fargo and secured a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The 18-year-old native of Butler, Penn., first appeared in the USHL during the 2009-10 season, joining the Musketeers late in the season and playing in four games.
"Jake has been a terrific goaltender for the Musketeers and he's going to a great program in Michigan State," said new Musketeers coach-GM Brett Larson. "He's one of the most athletic goaltenders in the league and I look forward to watching him continue to develop this year."
Six other players who spent the 2010-11 season in the USHL are also committed to Michigan State: Michael Gunn (Chicago Steel), Matt Berry (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Matt DeBlouw (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Travis Walsh (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Brent Darnell (Sioux Falls Stampede) and Reid Boucher (Team USA).
Photo courtesy Jim Utterback