UND picks up commitment from Surrey Eagles forward Grayden Slipec

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Oct. 11—The Surrey Eagles didn't hide their excitement this summer when Grayden Slipec pledged to play his junior hockey with their British Columbia Hockey League team.

"I'm very excited," coach Cam Keith said, "for the local fans to be able to watch a special kid like this play every night. He's an NHL prospect right now."

The UND coaching staff might be feeling a similar excitement this weekend.

Slipec posted on Instagram on Sunday afternoon that he has given a verbal commitment to play college hockey at UND.

"I'm extremely proud to announce my commitment to play hockey at the University of North Dakota," Slipec wrote. "I would like to thank my family, coaches, friends and teammates and everyone else who has helped along the way!"

Slipec, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound center, played in his first two BCHL games this weekend, tallying a pair of assists.

When he arrives at UND, it will start a brotherly rivalry in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Slipec's older brother, Jacob, committed to Omaha last month.

The commitment period for Grayden and other high school juniors opened Aug. 1. He made a visit to campus last weekend during UND's exhibition game against Bemidji State.

Slipec is the third 2005-born player to give a verbal commitment to the Fighting Hawks. The others are Chicago Steel forward Jayden Perron and Tri-City Storm defenseman Andrew Strathmann.

UND hockey committed recruits

As of Oct. 10, 2021

Name

Birth year

Position

Hometown

Team

Ethan Bowen

2002

F

Chilliwack, B.C.

Chilliwack (BCHL)

Ben Strinden

2002

F

Fargo

Muskegon (USHL)

Dylan James

2003

F

Calgary

Sioux City (USHL)

Jackson Blake

2003

F

Eden Prairie, Minn.

Chicago (USHL)

Jaksen Panzer

2004

F

East Grand Forks

Minot (NAHL)

Cole Spicer

2004

F

Grand Forks

U.S. Under-18 Team

Bowden Singleton

2004

F

Calgary

Okotoks (AJHL)

Jayden Perron

2005

F

Winnipeg

Chicago (USHL)

Grayden Slipec

2005

F

White Rock, B.C.

Surrey (BCHL)

Nate Benoit

2002

D

Bow, N.H.

Tri-City (USHL)

Tyler Dunbar

2003

D

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Muskegon (USHL)

Trey Ausmus

2004

D

East Grand Forks

Madison (USHL)

Jake Livanavage

2004

D

Gilbert, Ariz.

Chicago (USHL)

Andrew Strathmann

2005

D

Beach Park, Ill.

Tri-City (USHL)

Hobie Hedquist

2003

G

Heron Lake, Minn.

Alberni Valley (BCHL)

SOURCE: Grand Forks Herald

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