The Granite City Lumberjacks of the NA3HL have announced that several members of the 2013-14 team have made college commitments. The list includes eight different players, five of which have committed to NCAA Division III schools.
Among them is the Lumberjacks second leading scorer, Aidan Verbeke,who is headed to Brockport. Verbeke was second in team scoring this season.
Following the 2011-12 Minnesota Junior Hockey League season, Verbeke, playing with the Dells Ducks was chosen as the league's Most Valuable Player. The Elmwood Park, Ill. native burst onto the MnJHL scene with a breakthrough season for the expansion Ducks. Verbeke played in all 48 regular season games, finishing with 37 goals and 39 assists. In the process, he amassed four hat tricks that winter, and posted 22 multiple point games. Verbeke was held pointless in just 11 games. He also had points in each of the Ducks’ two playoff games, assisting on all three goals in a 6-3 loss to Hudson, then scoring the Ducks lone goal in a 2-1 season ending defeat to the Crusaders. In all, Verbeke had 80 points as an MnJHL rookie, leading the Ducks to a 20-24-4 inaugural season.