Boys hockey: Poganski verbally commits to North Dakota

Boys hockey: Poganski verbally commits to North Dakota

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Boys hockey: Poganski verbally commits to North Dakota

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Ever since he played for the Junior Sioux as a kid, Austin Poganski always had it in the back of his mind that he would play hockey for the University of North Dakota one day.

That dream is becoming closer to a reality for the St. Cloud Cathedral junior forward.

On Wednesday evening, he confirmed that he has given a verbal commitment to play for UND.

“I’m super excited,” Poganski said. “I’m super pumped.

“To even be able to commit to a college is a dream come true.”

Poganski said he chose UND over Minnesota and St. Cloud State.

He said he ultimately was sold on the Grand Forks, N.D., school after attending a UND game at the Ralph Englestad Arena.

“With the fans and everything, it felt like a really good place to play,” Poganski said. “It felt like home.”

Poganski said he talked to UND assistant coach Dane Jackson on Monday night and told him of his decision.

“He was very excited and thrilled,” Poganski said.

Poganski has 10 goals and seven assists in eight games for the Crusaders, who are 5-3 and off until the Granite City Classic Tournament Dec. 27-29 at the Municipal Athletic Complex.

The toughest part was telling the other schools interested that he had made up his mind, Poganski said.

“At the end (of the recruiting process), it got a little stressful making a good decision,” Poganski said. “But overall it was a lot of fun.”

Poganski said it hasn’t been decided when he’ll play for UND. He isn’t sure whether he’ll play for Cathedral next season or not or whether he’ll end up playing junior hockey.

“It depends on how this year goes and how next year goes,” Poganski said. “I’m kind of playing it year by year.

“I’m not really sure right now.”

He is sure that he’s happy to have finalized his decision.

“As a young kid, I never thought I’d be in the position to play college hockey,” he said. “Once I got in this position, it was pretty amazing to be talking to people you only see on TV.”

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