Bulldogs Land Hunter Miska

The University of Minnesota Duluth landed current Penticton goaltender Hunter Miska for future play between the pipes.

Miska, a Minnesotan puckstopper, has officially made his decision to play for the UMD Bulldogs as of mid February.

The something foot somethingdsafdjsahfds started play at the age of four with Centennial until he joined North Branch's hockey association a few years later.  Throughout this time, Miska wasn't stopping pucks, but doing quite the opposite...  scoring goals.

"Throughout that whole time, I played as a forward. Only one year I played every other game as a goalie. I really enjoyed the position but my mother was against me playing between the pipes. She told me that I was a better forward than a goalie," Miska told the Penticton Western News. "I kept playing as a forward up until I was ready to prove her wrong and make the switch."

From there, the skilled goalie was invited to gear for a U.S. National Team Development Program tryout, which evidently went well as Miska found himself rostered for the U17 team.

Starting in 2011, Miska played for the US NTDP for two seasons, participating in 38 games for the red, white, and blue.

Now with the BCHL's Penticton Vees, the Stacy, MN native is posting excellent numbers.  Exhibiting a 2.27 goals against average lands Miska seconf overall in the goalie standings, along with a save percentage of .914 and two shutouts to date.

"Hunter has been a huge part of our success; his confident attitude, tireless work ethic and overall athleticism has made him one of the elite goalies in the BCHL," said Vees head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson.

Miska isn't expected to join the Bulldogs until the 2015-2016 season, but with such a large time gap, many things can change.


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