The Merrimack men’s hockey team picked up a commitment from ’99-born forward Liam Walsh on Friday. Walsh, who will turn 19 in July, will play one more season with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders (USHL) before joining Merrimack in 2019.
Walsh served as the Roughriders’ alternate captain this past season and posted nine goals and 12 assists in 60 games; it’s a good bet that Walsh could serve as Cedar Rapids’ captain next season. He’s a veteran of 121 USHL games, and prior to joining the league as a 16 year old, he played for Victory Honda U18 and U16 as well as bantams near his hometown in Pennsylvania.
Cedar Rapids tendered Walsh after he participated in the U.S. National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp in 2015.
Scott Herbst (@herbst20) is a follower of the Roughriders and a very knowledgeable USHL follow on Twitter; he added on Walsh:
“Nice power forward who is the ultimate team-first player. Gritty and battles hard in the corners. I agree he should have a great shot at the “C” this year.”
Walsh skated for USA Hockey at the 2015 Select 15 and the 2016 Select 16 Festival camps.
Very proud to announce my commitment to Merrimack College. Huge thanks to everyone who has believed in me. Can’t wait to be a Warrior! #missionmerrimack
— Liam Walsh (@lilwalshie99) May 18, 2018