Oswego defenseman Hart makes NCAA commitment
February 12, 2019
The Oswego Stampede of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that defenseman and team captain Rich Hart has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Morrisville State College in the SUNYAC.
Hart, 20, has been with the Stampede in the NA3HL since the 2015-16 season. The 6’2/200 lbs. native of Liverpool, New York, is currently having his best career season for the Stampede, recording 39 points in 39 games played to date.
Overall in his NA3HL junior hockey career, Hart has played in 177 career games and has recorded 106 points (32 goals, 74 assists).
“We are extremely excited to have Rich join the Mustang hockey family. His size and play-making ability along with the consistency of his game will be a welcome addition to our back end. His character both on and off the ice will make him a great addition to our locker room as well. We are excited to have him on board and look forward to seeing him in a Mustang uniform,” said Morrisville Head Coach Kevin Krogol.
Hart, a three-time NA3HL Top Prospects defenseman, was speaking to a few schools over the past couple seasons and felt that Morrisville was the best fit for him both educationally as well as hockey.
“Kevin and I have had quite a few conversations about Rich over the past few seasons and I figured it was just a matter of time before we would actually see him in a Mustangs jersey,” stated Stampede head coach Mike Beavis. “Rich is a solid defenseman with a huge upside. He is one of the guys I look to each game as a leader as well as a top player. Over the past four seasons I have seen him develop into one of the league’s top defenseman and now earn himself a spot in NCAA hockey with the Mustangs,” added Beavis
Morrisville State College (NCAA Division III) plays in the SUNYAC league and is coached by Kevin Krogol (2008-Present) Krogol who played his junior hockey in the NAHL went on to play four years at Utica College before beginning his coaching career with Morrisville.
This is the third NCAA commitment for the Stampede this season and may not be the last as several players are getting attention from NCAA Division III programs over the past few weeks.
“I think being in the NAHL family and the relationships that exist within the developmental ladder has helped with colleges looking more and more at the NA3HL as a viable resource for their programs,” added Beavis.