Maryland forward Swanson makes NCAA D1 commitment
The Maryland Black Bears of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that forward Aaron Swanson has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The University of St. Thomas recently announced that they will be moving up from the NCAA Division III level to the NCAA Division 1 level for the 2021-22 season. Swanson is the thirteenth Black Bear from the 2019-20 season to make a commitment to play NCAA hockey.
Swanson, 21, completed a successful career in the NAHL, which also him climb the ladder of development dating all the way back to the NAPHL during the 2014-15 season.
The 5’10/175 lbs. native on Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, played three seasons in the NAHL, the majority of which was with the Springfield Jr. Blues. Swanson started the 2019-20 season with the Jr. Blues, posting 21 points in 31 games. During the trade deadline, Swanson was traded to Maryland, who were contending for a playoff position in the East Division. While with the Black Bears, Swanson had nine points in 12 games played.
He was also selected to and played in the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Midwest Division team.
"Aaron is the consummate professional, on and off the ice. He competes every time he steps onto the ice and works on his game the right way. Aaron is one of the hardest working kids we had this year, and we are excited to follow him on the next step of his hockey and academic journey. Aaron is a heck of a hockey player, and as competitive as they come. He just makes your team better. We wish him all the best,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.
Swanson made his NAHL debut with the Amarillo Bulls during the 2017-18 season and also spent some time that season with the North Iowa Bulls in the NA3HL, where he finished the season. Swanson played a major role in North Iowa's postseason push, registering nine points in the team's final five games, and posting three more in the Bulls' Central Division semifinal series against the Wausau RiverWolves.
He then began the 2018-19 season with the Bulls and was later traded to Springfield. In 109 career NAHL Games, Swanson recorded 57 points.
Prior to his time in the NAHL, Swanson played three seasons in the NAPHL, all for the Madison Capitols. In 65 career NAPHL games, Swanson recorded 57 points.
That also included appearances in the 2016 NAPHL Top Prospects Tournament and the 2017-18 NAPHL 18U All-Star Game.