Benji Mickel commits to Gustavus Adolphus College
The Utah Outliers are proud to announce that Assistant Captain Benji Mickel has committed to play NCAA hockey at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN for the 2019-20 season. The Colorado native played in Utah for two seasons and was instrumental in the team's success on and off the ice. In 51 games, the 98’ forward racked up 25 goals and 27 assists for 52 points.
“I decided to play at Gustavus based on a combination of factors such as the hockey program, academics and community. My campus visit solidified my decision as I was thoroughly impressed by the hospitality provided by the school’s admissions department, coaches, students and athletes. The athletic facilities are outstanding as it features an on-campus rink and a weight room just down the hall. Academically, Gustavus appeals to me because it is a top 50 liberal arts college in the United States."
Mickel had this to say about his two seasons in Utah, “My experience playing for the Outliers was top notch. The program provided me with an elite training environment built on outstanding ownership, coaches and facilities. The staff created an excellent leadership team that went above and beyond to develop and care for the players. I will be forever grateful to the program and my teammates. I am a better player having had the opportunity to train with other elite players and I am thankful for the lifelong friendships I made in my two years with the team."
Assistant Coach, Austin Balko was excited about hearing the news on Mickel's commitment to Gustavus. "Benji has really worked hard the past two seasons to elevate his game. He came to our team with a strong work ethic and a love for training. I believe our program was a perfect fit for him to help develop his athleticism and make him a better offensive player. He really developed his skills and his offensive instincts which allowed him to be a point-a-game player for us. I look forward to watching Benji take another step in his game as he moves on to play NCAA hockey."
Head Coach Paul Taylor also had high praise for Mickel stating, “Benji showed a great deal of development in our program over the past two seasons. He joined our team possessing good skating skills and a strong commitment to play hard each night. As time passed, he began to become much more offensive and a more well-rounded player. He eventually became a top end player for us and was utilized in every game situation from even strength, penalty kill and powerplay. Benji also raised his leadership skills and was a player that led by example each and every day. Gustavus is going to get a strong player for their program and a very determined and committed athlete. It will be exciting to watch Benji take the next step in his hockey career."
The Gustavus Golden Gusties compete in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).
The Outliers wish Benji all the best and look forward to following his career at Gustavus!