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Stoever Comments on Committing to Merrimack

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Earlier this week, ’00-born goaltender Christian Stoever committed to Merrimack for 2019; he’ll suit up for Cedar Rapids in the USHL for this upcoming season. This past season, Stoever played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in the NAHL.

In a story on the WBS Knights website this week, Stoever and others commented on his commitment.

Stoever on his style …

“I’d describe my style of play as aggressive. I like to play the puck a lot. I get into playing and helping out my teammates. I’m definitely a competitive kid on the ice. I’m on the big side at 6-2. I can stand my ground when I need to. I like to assert my game around my angles and my positioning.”

Stoever on why he committed to Merrimack …

“I really was impressed with the coaching staff. They made me feel wanted. They have  a lot of experience at the division one level and they let me know they wanted me to play for Merrimack. I’m excited to develop my game there. Hopefully that leads to getting an opportunity to one day signing a pro contract somewhere and fulfill my dream of playing pro hockey.”

Stoever on the WBS playoff run helping his confidence …

“It definitely raised my confidence a lot, just showing what we could do as a team. I’m not sure if I’d be in this situation right now if not for that run. I’m thankful for it, thankful for the teammates, and how we all played and stepped up. It was definitely a good last month and a half with everyone.”

WBS head coach Tom Kowal on Stoever’s contributions this season …

“Christian played a big part in winning the East Division in playoffs this past season, and going to the Robertson Cup Final Four. He’s the type of player that steps up when the lights shine the brightest and when the stage is the biggest. He’s the type of goalie that can steal a game or backstop a winning streak. He did both for us this year.

“We’re here to move all our players onto the next level of hockey, but they can also help move your program forward. Christian was a big part of a big step forward for our organization in the playoffs this past season. He’s an incredibly talented goalie who has the potential to add even bigger things to his resume as he continues to develop. I’m proud of what he’s accomplished for us and for himself. I wish him the best of luck at Merrimack and I can’t wait to see where his career takes him.”

WBS GM Justin Schreiber on Stoever after the 2017 NAHL Draft …

“Christian is a super-talented, young goaltender that will be able to jump in and play juniors right away. We are very excited about Christian’s future and his time in the Knights crease.”


Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN


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