By @MichaelCaples –
Pinckney native Hunter Skinner may never have to leave the state of Michigan – until at least after college, of course.
The Muskegon Lumberjacks defenseman has verbally committed to Western Michigan, securing his spot with the Broncos hockey program after the conclusion of his USHL career.
“Through my life I have had many major decisions to make and this was one of them,” Skinner told MiHockey. “This life-changing decision was made based on multiple factors. The first factor that was important to me was the atmosphere at Western Michigan. It provided a great environment for my hockey career to progress while getting an education. Western Michigan plays in one of the most competitive conferences in the country – I felt it would fit my style of play.”
The Little Caesars, Belle Tire and Honeybaked alum said he’s excited to play for the WMU coaching staff, as well.
“The second factor was the coaching staff,” Skinner said. “First off, coach Andy Murray, a previous NHL coach, provides a great attitude and guidance on how to get to the next level. I am also looking forward to getting under the wing of my past coach Todd Krygier, a former NHL player. He knows what it takes to get to the next level and will provide me opportunities that can change my life forever. Bringing knowledge of the game, Dave Shyiak – who was a scout for Toronto Maple Leafs – will also guide me on my journey as a hockey player.”
The 2001 birth-year player said he can’t wait to begin his college hockey career.
“I am excited and looking forward to playing college hockey as it provides a very energetic atmosphere, while providing guidance in my academic life,” he said. “I feel that going to college will give me an opportunity to develop as a player and as a person. I am honored and blessed to be given the opportunity to be a Bronco.”