St. Cloud, MN – There are a lot of adjectives used to describe the latest player to commit to St. Cloud State University hockey: “undersized, speedy, shifty, explosive” are just a few. SCSU hockey fans will have a first-hand look at those skills in the future as Brockton Baker announced his commitment to SCSU hockey via twitter on September 2nd. Baker announced ” Very proud and honored to announce my commitment to play DI hockey for St. Cloud State University! Thank you to all the family, friends and coaches who have helped me along the way!”
The 5’8″ 155 pound forward is a native of Verona, Wisconsin and has spent the last two seasons skating for the Verona Area High School Wildcats and Team Wisconsin in the Minnesota High School Elite League. The left-shooting wing was one of the top forwards in Wisconsin high school hockey during the 2017-18 season compiling 32 goals and 32 assists for 64 points in just 26 games. This included 5 power play goals, 7 power play assists and 2 short-handed goals. He also had an impressive six-point game vs Middleton on January 19th with 5 goals and 1 assist. Baker finished the season 16th in overall scoring in Wisconsin prep hockey and led his team to the 2018 Wisconsin State High School Hockey Tournament. As a junior, he was named Honorable Mention All-State by the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association and 1st team all-conference. Add to that 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points for Team Wisconsin in the MN High School Elite League and there’s no denying the offensive capabilities of Baker. For his career, Baker had 39 goals and 39 assists for 78 points in 44 games proving he can score as well as distribute the puck.
Neutral Zone, a prominent amateur hockey scouting service described Baker as a ” smaller forward with speed and nifty stick skills. He battles up and down the ice, is strong on his skates and can make plays in traffic. He covers the ice well, finds the open seams, has soft hands and puck touch to place passes anywhere he wants and a quick release that can beat goalies one on one.”
A late 2000 birth date, the 17 year old was a 2nd round draft choice of the Minot Minotauros in the 2018 2018 NAHL Entry Draft and a 6th Round ( #95 overall) choice of the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League in the 2018 Phase II Draft. Recently the Musketeers announced their protected list for the 2018-19 season and it appears Baker will be skating in the USHL this season despite having another year of eligibility in the Wisconsin High School ranks. Baker is the brother of current University of Wisconsin sophomore forward Tarek Baker who also played for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL.
Baker appears to be available to join in the Huskies for the 2019 or 2020 season.