By @MichaelCaples –
Merrimack College has locked up one of the top young goaltenders from the Great Lakes State.
Christian Stoever, a 2000 birth-year goaltender, has committed to the Hockey East program located in North Andover, Mass.
The netminder said he liked what he saw from the new leaders of the Warriors hockey program.
“I picked Merrimack because of the coaching staff,” Stoever told MiHockey. “Coach Scott Borek and Curtis Carr are making a lot of changes for the upcoming years and I wanted to be a part of it. Scott is also very passionate about bringing a national championship to Merrimack and had me felt like I can potentially play a major role in achieving that.”
The Northville native just wrapped up his first year of juniors, appearing in 34 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights of the NAHL. There, Stoever compiled a .902 save percentage and 3.26 goals-against average.
Stoever was selected by the Des Moines Buccaneers in the 2016 USHL Futures Draft; he appeared in two games for the Bucs this past season.
He spent the majority of his youth hockey career with Honeybaked before playing one year of 16U with Victory Honda in 2016-17.
Stoever, a former student-athlete at the TPH Center of Excellence, has been invited to the prestigious Warren Strelow Camp on multiple occasions, as well.