St. Cloud, MN – Here’s a quick update on a couple of SCSU commits in the last month:
Asa Kinnear- Alaska Oilers U16
Kinnear announced his commitment to SCSU via Twitter on February 9 announcing “Very excited and honored to announce my commitment to play D1 hockey at St. Cloud State University. Thank you to my family, friends, and coaches for all your support along the way. Can’t wait to be a Husky!” The 01′ birthdate from Anchorage, AK is currently with the Alaska Oilers U16 Midget squad. He was a 2017 Phase 1 round 7 draft choice of the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. The 5’9″ 165 pound forward has extremely good hands and puck skills and is a good finisher around the net. He uses his shiftiness and speed to his advantage to utilize his offensive abilities to his best advantage. He reminds of current SCSU Husky Blake LIzotte in his style of play. Kinnear looks to be a 2020 addition to the Huskies. He joins another SCSU recruit, Nolan Walker from Anchorage on the SCSU squad.
Addendum 7/30/2018: From Neutral Zone 7/11/2018 “Kinnear is a compact, balanced forward with strong edges and a good burst of speed. He handles the puck well at full speed, he’s a fluid skater and can make plays along the wall. He stops on a dime, he processes the game with pace and has a rocket snap shot. He scored a nice goal off a 2v1 cross-crease pass where he drove the net hard with his stick on the ice. He’s not overly big but he’s strong and hard to knock off pucks, has just enough grit to skate through checks and go to traffic areas and plenty of skill to make plays. Asa only scored one goal over five games which is likely what kept him from the all-star game but his play away from the puck, his skill, shot, speed and aggressiveness was more than deserving.”
Nathan Burke – Aberdeen Wings (NAHL)
Burke announced his commitment to the Huskies via twitter on February 21 following a campus visit this past week announcing “Proud and excited to announce my commitment to play D1 Hockey at St. Cloud State University. Thankful for everyone who supported me along the way!” Burke is a 6’1″ 180 pound left-handed forward from Scottsdale, AZ and is following in the footsteps of Kevin Fitzgerald and Will Hammer, currently first-year forwards with the Huskies. Burke currently leads the Wings in scoring with 23 goals and 22 assists for 45 points in 46 games.
Wings head coach Scott Langer remarked ” “Nathans decision to commit to St. Cloud will give him an opportunity to pursue his lifelong dream of playing college hockey and earning a degree. Nate’s aptitude and work ethic, combined with one of the best college hockey coaching staffs will create an additional opportunity of playing professional hockey in the future. It will be exciting to follow Nathans journey.”
On his commitment, Burke commented ” “I am extremely excited on my commitment to St. Cloud. Obviously, it is a great school that presents me with an amazing opportunity. With that being said, I would like to thank my family, coach Langer, Coach Bohn, The Odde Family, The Wings organization, and all of my teammates for pushing me and guiding me to where I am now.”
Burke has a reputation as a very hard-working, committed player with a good nose for the net. He was being recruited by a number of other collegiate teams but after his visit to SCSU this past week decided this was the place for him to continue his hockey career. Burke looks to be a addition in 2018-19 for the Huskies.
Addendum 7/30/2018: Burke has flipped his commitment to the University of Minnesota