Southern Tier defenseman Gabrielsen makes NCAA commitment
April 13, 2015
The Southern Tier Xpress, proud members of the NA3HL, are proud to announce the commitment of defenseman Tobias Gabrielsen to NCAA Division III St. Olaf College.
Gabrielsen finished the 2014-15 season with Southern Tier, ranking 1st in points by a defenseman with 32 points in 34 games played. Acquired in a mid-season trade with Granite City, Tobias had 6 goals and 18 assists in 22 games played with the Xpress.
“I am very excited for Tobias as he is getting a great opportunity at St. Olaf. Coach Goldsworthy and I both feel Toby has a lot of potential. I want to thank Tobias for his efforts in Jamestown, it takes a lot of maturity for a kid from Europe to change teams during the season and Toby handled it very well. I also want to thank Brad Willner and the Granite City Lumberjacks for putting in the leg work and exposure in order to open up this opportunity for him," stated Xpress Coach Rylan Galiardi.
St. Olaf coach Sean Goldsworthy is excited about adding Tobias. "We are pleased to see Tobias make a decision to start his college hockey career at St. Olaf College. We have been scouting Tobias since his start in Granite City, and watched him further develop with Coach Galiardi. Tobias has the ability to make dynamic plays with the puck, and his skills should translate well to the college tempo."
“I'm really excited about going to St. Olaf. It's been the plan to go there all along so for it to finally happen feels really good. I'm looking forward to it a lot. I want to thank coach Willner and Coach Galiardi for all their help along the way," said Gabrielsen.