Slovakian goaltender David Hrenak announced via twitter on January 29th that he has committed to the St. Cloud State University Huskies. “Excited to announce my commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University next season. Go Huskies!”
Hrenak, an 18-year-old from Povazska, Bystrica, Solvakia is currently playing for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). In 19 games he is 7-8-1 with a 2.46 GAA and .917 SV%. He has two shutouts thus far this season. The 6″2″ 181 goaltender was recently ranked the 26th North American goaltender in the NHL Mid-term rankings for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Neutral Zone, a leading source on NCAA prospect rankings has Hrenak ranked as a four star (out of 5) recruit.
Hrenak has extensive experience in the Slovakian amateur system skating for the Slovakian U18 and U17 teams in 2014-15 and the Slovakian U18 and U20 team for the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2015-16. He was a teammate of Adam Huska, current goaltender for the University of Connecticut who also played for Team Slovakia in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships.
Still maturing as a goaltender, Hrenak has solid footwork, a good glove-hand and doesn’t give up a lot of rebounds.In communicating with the player he concurred, suggesting his rebound control is one of the strongest elements of his game. When asked what steered his commitment to St. Cloud, he commented it was the quality of the coaching staff and the reputation St. Cloud has as one of the top college programs in the country. It appears he’ll be joining the Huskies in 2017-18. The last Slovakian to play for the Huskies was forward Peter Szabo who was with the team from 2001-2005.