The Merrimack men’s hockey team received a commitment from 2000-born forward Nicholas Cherkowski on Tuesday.
Cherkowski is a product of Vernon minor hockey, who is now playing junior hockey for his hometown team, the Vernon Vipers. Cherkowski becomes the first Merrimack player to commit from the Vipers program since Mike Collins and Kyle Bigos arrived at Merrimack in 2010 and 2009 respectively.
Cherkowski, who is 6-foot-2 and 184 pounds, just turned 18 earlier this month (Oct. 5). In 15 games this season as a rookie with the Vipers, he has scored one goal and added three assists.
Prior to joining the Vipers, Cherkowski played the last two seasons for the Pursuit of Excellent hockey school, which is a feeder for many Division I programs and the WHL. In 51 games for the team last season, Cherkowski scored 21 goals and added 22 assists for 43 points. Neutral Zone listed Cherkowski in its Top-50 from the CSSHL Midget Playoffs. Neutral Zone said that Cherkowski was one of the most consistent players for POE, playing a power-forward game but also praised his creativity. Cherkowski won a CSSVHL Championship with POE in 2017.