Goalie Jeremy Swayman, who is second in saves in the United States Hockey League with 203 for the Sioux Falls Stampede, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine in Orono.
The 17-year-old Swayman, a 6-foot-2, 183-pound native of Anchorage, Alaska, has a 2-2-1 record, a 3.72 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage for the Stampede.
He is a rookie in the U.S. Hockey League.
He will be a scholarship athlete.
“Maine is getting a great goalie,” said Stampede head coach and general manager Scott Owens, who spent 15 years as the head coach at Colorado College and led the Tigers to seven NCAA Tournament appearances.
“He’s athletic, he’s big and he’s extremely competitive,” Owens said. “His upside is huge. He is confident in the right way. He works extremely hard.”
“I’m beyond excited,” Swayman said.
He said he was very impressed with the coaching staff, and that was the primary reason he chose Maine.
“Hands down,” Swayman said. “They have all the keys to success that I’ll need to get to the next level.”
He also had a positive experience on his visit to Orono.
“I fell in love with it. The guys on the team accepted me right away,” Swayman said.
He added that they have created a family atmosphere within the program.
“It was cool,” Swayman said.
He was recruited by several other schools but said “I felt more comfortable at Maine.”
Swayman said he feels the U.S. Hockey League will provide him with a valuable opportunity to develop his game in preparation for his college career.
“It will help a lot,” said Swayman, who is hoping to lead his team to a successful season and continue to have that success at UMaine.
“I want to win, and I’ll do whatever it takes to do that,” he said.
His coming to Maine is dependent upon his being accepted to UMaine and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.