Minot forward Lund makes NCAA DI commitment
November 14, 2018
The Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that forward Keenan Lund has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the Air Force Academy of Atlantic Hockey.
Lund, 20, is currently in his final season of playing junior hockey, which has been spent in both the NAHL and NA3HL. The 5’11/183 lbs. native of Sartell, Minnesota, is currently leading the 1st place Minotauros in scoring this season with 21 points (6 goals, 15 assists) in 19 games played.
Overall in his two-year NAHL career, Lund has recorded 39 points in 65 games played.
Lund is a true ladder of development success story. After playing high school hockey in Minnesota for Sartell-St. Stephen High, he started his junior hockey career in the NA3HL with the Granite City Lumberjacks. During the 2016-17 season, Lund recorded 34 points in 45 games played and had seven points in 10 playoff games, helping the Lumberjacks to the NA3HL’s Fraser Cup Championship.
Lund was also selected to and played in the 2017 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament where he had four points in three games and made the Minotauros the next season via the tryout process.
Lund becomes the first Tauro to commit during the 2018-19 season and 40th NCAA DI player overall. He is the second current Tauro to head to Air Force joining Connor McGinnis.
“There are so many benefits of playing for Air Force. I love the coaching staff, and it will be a great place for me, I think I’ll do very well there,” said Lund, who plans to study management at the Air Force Academy. “My hard work has shown that if you don’t make an NAHL team coming out of high school if you keep working at your game you can reach your goals.”
“Keenan wasn’t handed anything. He was one of the last forwards we invited to training camp last year. He put in a lot of extra work after practice and earned his way into the lineup,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray. “He’s a good kid, he’s worked hard and that’s the type of kid you root for.”
“I want to thank my parents for supporting me and my teammates for pushing me to get better. I’ve also had some great coaching staffs in Sartell, Granite City, and now Minot,” said Lund.