Michael Kesselring has asked to be released from his National Letter of Intent with Merrimack College, and the program will formally release him today. With an NLI release, Kesselring re-opens his recruiting process and effectively de-commits from Merrimack.
Kesselring is a defenseman who played last season for New Hampton School and then followed that up by finishing the season with the Des Moines Buccaneers. Kesselring is ranked No. 75 by NHL Central Scouting among North American Skaters for this weekend’s NHL Draft in Dallas.
Merrimack had offered Kesselring the chance to join the roster this upcoming season, but instead, it’s likely he’ll return to Des Moines and play a full season in the USHL.
Kesselring’s father, Casey Kesselring, is a former Merrimack forward and one of the top-scoring players in Merrimack’s Division I history; his mother, Shawndra Kesselring, played basketball at Merrimack.
Kesselring committed to Merrimack in January of 2017.