North Iowa forward Bump makes NCAA commitment
June 4, 2018
The North Iowa Bulls of the NA3HL are proud to announce their third player commitment of the season to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Tyler Bump has announced his NCAA Division III commitment to the Oles hockey program after finishing as North Iowa's leading scorer in 2017-18.
Bump joined the Bulls in mid-January last year, after playing 71 games and tallying 16 points for the North American Hockey League's Minnesota Magicians. His NA3HL career took off instantly, tallying three points in his North Iowa debut against the Wisconsin Whalers. The Prior Lake, Minnesota native tallied 24 points in 16 regular-season games with the Bulls last year, and added seven postseason points in leading North Iowa to its fifth straight Fraser Cup tournament.
In 2017-18, Bump picked up right where he left off, racking up 85 points in 45 regular-season games. That effort included a nine-game mid-season point streak, and led to an invitation to the 2018 NA3HL's Top Prospects event in February. His career points and assists totals are each among the top eight in North Iowa history.
He’ll join a St. Olaf team led by Mike Eaves, one of college hockey’s most recognizable names. Eaves recently finished his second year as the Oles’ head coach, after spending 14 years leading the University of Wisconsin's program. Eaves won a national Division I title with the Badgers in 2006, appearing again in the finals in 2010.
North Iowa teammates Mitch Dolter and Colin Cain have also made commitments to St. Olaf College for next season. Bump's older brother, former North Iowa standout Connor Bump, recently finished his second season at Wisconsin-Stout. More than 70 current and former North Iowa Bulls players have gone on to college hockey programs, including seven who eventually reached the NCAA Division I level.
The North Iowa Bulls congratulate Tyler Bump on his commitment to St. Olaf College and wish him the best in the next stage of his academic and athletic career.