BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Central Illinois Flying Aces forward Matt Gosiewski announced on Thursday his commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey at Colorado College.
Gosiewski is the third Flying Aces player to commit this season and the 18th player on Central Illinois’ current roster with an NCAA Division I commitment.
“It’s a huge honor,” Gosiewski said. “It’s obviously a tremendous school academically. I love the direction the program is heading, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.”
In his first season with the Flying Aces, Gosiewski is currently fifth on the team in scoring with nine points on four goals and five assists. The Wilton, Connecticut, native has played in 15 games so far this season.
“We’re very excited for Matt on his commitment to Colorado College,” said Mike Watt, the Flying Aces head coach and general manager. “Matt has worked extremely hard for this opportunity and CC is a great spot for him to continue his hockey and academic career. Our entire staff could not be more proud for Matt and his family.”
Gosiewski is in his second full season in the USHL. He played in 39 games for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the 2015-16 campaign and registered 13 points that year. In 60 career USHL contests, Gosiewski has 11 goals and 22 total points.
In his first game with the Flying Aces in early October, Gosiewski tied the single-game team record with a four-point outing. He posted two goals and two assists in Central Illinois’ 5-1 win over the Youngstown Phantoms that night, equaling a feat that has been accomplished seven other times in team history. Gosiewski also posted a multi-point game on Oct. 28 against the Dubuque Fighting Saints with a goal and an assist.
Flying Aces forward Matt Gosiewski (above) has played in 15 games so far this season and is fifth on the team in scoring with nine points (4 G, 5 A).
The Flying Aces play the final game of a three-game homestand on Friday night, as they host the Sioux City Musketeers at 7:07 p.m. Friday marks the final Grand-A-Game giveaway, as one fan is guaranteed to win $1,000. Fans must be at least 18 years old to enter. As is the case with all Friday games this season, 16-ounce Budweiser and Bud Light Drafts and 24-ounce sodas are $3 throughout the game. Tickets start as low as $8 and can be purchased in person at the Grossinger Motors Arena box office or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, call the Flying Aces at 309-434-2980.
Known as the Bloomington Thunder from 2014-17, the newly-rebranded Central Illinois Flying Aces are a member of the top junior hockey league in the United States, the United States Hockey League (USHL). The only Tier I junior hockey league in the country, the USHL has become renowned for developing the next stars of both Division I college hockey and the NHL. At the start of the 2017-18 season, there were 128 active USHL alumni on NHL rosters, with at least one USHL alumnus playing for each of the 31 teams. In total, there have been 253 USHL players who have gone onto NHL careers, including Patrick Sharp, David Backes, Johnny Gaudreau, and Joe Pavelski, among others. The players in the USHL range in age from 16-20-years old, 95 percent of whom will go on to play college hockey at the Division I level. For more information, visit flyingaceshockey.com or ushl.com or download the USHL Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.