Zak Albers commits to Bethel
The Utah Outliers are proud to announce that Zak Albers has committed to play NCAA hockey at Bethel University for the 2019-20 season. The Maryland native came to Utah and made an impact immediately with the Outliers. In 34 games, the 98’ forward racked up 24 points and helped play a key role in the teams success.
“My decision to pursue and education and hockey career with Bethel was an easy one. It offered a lot of the things I was looking for academically and in regards to the culture of the school. The hockey team is working hard to create a winning program and I am excited about it's potential and I know I can grow as a person and a player there."
Albers had this to say about his experience in Utah, “I didn't know what to expect when I came to play for the Outliers. I heard great things about the program so I took a chance, and I am glad I did. My time playing for the program allowed me to elevate my game and become a dependable 200 ft. player. The program is centered around strong values and life lessons which makes the experience more than just playing hockey. I want to thank the Outliers for helping me reach my hockey goal of playing NCAA hockey."
“Zak played a pivotal role on our team," stated Assistant Coach Austin Balko. "He came in and learned how to play in various situations, scored some big goals and became a more dynamic player in the process. Zak has a strong work ethic and I believe he will continue to grow as a player and we wish him all the best.”
Head Coach Paul Taylor had high praise for Albers stating, “Zak grew a lot in our program this past season. He developed an offensive punch to his game to compliment his 6' 5" frame. He got off to a quick start for our team and was a strong contributor offensively until an unfortunate injury took him out of the line up for awhile. Zak is a great character player and will bring a lot of leadership to Bethel. I am confident he is going to take another step in his game as he moves on to play NCAA hockey. He is a competitor, very coachable and an excellent teammate."
The Bethel Royals compete in the MIAC division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
The Outliers wish Zak all the best and look forward to following his career at Bethel!