Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth East senior Phil Beaulieu spoke on Monday for the first time since announcing over the weekend his commitment to play Division I hockey for Nebraska-Omaha, laying out his many reasons for choosing that Mavericks program.
"Obviously Dean Blais is a great coach, and I've heard a lot about him," Beaulieu said. "Jake Randolph is going there, and he's a good friend of mine. There's also a lot of good Minnesota guys going there. They're building a new rink, which will be there when I get there. They have a great fan base and a great community. It just felt right."
Beaulieu becomes the third Northland hockey player to make a commitment to Nebraska-Omaha, joining his former teammate Randolph and Grand Rapids senior Avery Peterson.
The Greyhounds senior switched this season from playing defenseman to forward, a switch that impressed Blais because of Beaulieu's versatility on the ice.
Thus far in the 2013-14 season, he has seven goals and nine assists to rank second on the Greyhounds team with 16 points.