Bridgedale College Commitments

Bridgedale grad Davis Burnside commits to Ohio State

Davis Burnside has given his verbal commitment to play his NCAA Division 1 college hockey at Ohio State University. Davis becomes the 14th Bridgedale student-athlete to have made his college commitment.

"Davis, a forward, has elite level speed and is a threat to score anytime the puck is on his stick," says Gino Cavallini, coach of the Chicago Mission U15 team for which Davis competes.

"His stride and ability to generate this kind of speed almost always catches the opposing defenders on their heels," adds Cavallini. "His speed sets him apart; his ability to play 200 feet is why he is coveted." 

"Davis is definitely an outstanding hockey player," says Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin, "and he is also a great person. From my perspective, Davis really came into his own during the spring of last school year. His maturity as a young man and hockey player really started to shine through and as a result he took his development as a hockey player to another level."

"I'm very excited for Davis, and also for his parents Brad and Tracy," added McPartlin. "They stayed the course and have been rewarded with a wonderful opportunity. Ohio State has landed a great hockey player and a quality person in Davis Burnside."

Congrats to Davis (and his parents Brad and Tracy) on his commitment to Denver University.

 

Bridgedale Academy grad Josh Lopina commits to UMass

Bridgedale grad Josh Lopina has given his verbal commitment to play his NCAA Division 1 college hockey at the UMass Amherst. Josh becomes the 13th Bridgedale student-athlete to have made his college commitment.

"Josh has good hockey sense in addition to his strong athletic abilites," said Chicago MIssion U16s coach Anders Sorensen. Josh and his Mission teammtes wrapped up their 2017-18 season by winning the USA Hockey National Championship.

"The more competitive the game becomes, the more Josh excels," added Sorensen.

Bridgedale Headmaster MIke McPartlin, who coached Josh as a Squirt and Peewee Minor, concurred. "Josh is an outstanding hockey player," said McPartlin. "Highly skilled and with a very high hockey IQ, a clever, savvy player with a great determination to succeed. He's a winner."

Josh is also an outstanding student, having earned academic High Honors every trimester at Bridgedale.

"Josh was actually Bridgedale's very first student, and I sometimes kid him about that," added McPartlin. "But the truth is that Josh is an outstanding young man who excells academically and athletically, and who always comports himself well and respectfully. I have no doubt he will do extremely well both in Lincoln and at UMass Amherst."

Congrats to Josh (and his parents Bill and Pam) on his commitment to UMass Amherst.

 

Former Bridgedale Academy student Jack Devine commits to Denver

Jack Devine has given his verbal commitment to play his NCAA Division 1 college hockey at the University of Denver. Jack becomes the 12th Bridgedale student-athlete to have made his college commitment.

"Jack Devine is on his way to becoming the epitome of a team leader whose play does the talking. A Messier-type center, he can play any way you like him to. Skilled, tenacious and gritty, you get the full 200ft from Jack," says Gino Cavallini, coach of the Chicago Mission Bantam Major 03s team for which Jack competed last season. 

Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin echoed Cavallini's sentiments, saying "Jack is a terrific hockey player. He has a very high hockey IQ and a motor that never quits. He's a slick player, but he also has a grittiness about him that makes him strong defensively and hard to play against."

Jack is also an outstanding student, having earned High Honors academically every trimester at Bridgedale. "Jack is a quality person through and through and was a pleasure to have at Bridgedale Academy," added McPartlin. "He will excel at Denver University."

Congrats to Jack (and his parents Ted and Val) on his commitment to Denver University.

 

Bridgedale Academy 8th Grader Tyler Haskins commits to Michigan

Tyler Haskins has given his verbal commitment to play his NCAA Division 1 college hockey at the University of Michigan. Tyler becomes the 11th Bridgedale student-athlete to have made his college commitment.

"Tyler's tenacity is just one of the things that sets him apart," says Gino Cavallini, coach of Tyler's Chicago Mission Bantam Major team. "And of course he also has an excellent skills set and sees the ice very well. He's able to play effectively in all situations and Michigan has picked up an excellent player."

"Tyler went through a lot during his 8th grade at Bridgedale in terms of injuries and not being able to play for much of the school year," said Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin. "But his resilience and determination allowed him to continue to excel. It's been impressive to watch Tyler mature as a person this year under some very difficult circumstances. When his time comes, I'm sure he'll be a major contributor to Michigan's storied hockey program."

Congrats to Tyler (and his parents Bob and Molly) on his commitment to Michigan.

 

Bridgedale Academy 9th Grader Sean Behrens commits to Denver University

Sean Behrens has given his verbal commitment to play his NCAA Division 1 college hockey at Denver University. Sean becomes the tenth (10th) Bridgedale student-athlete to have made his college commitment, and the first to commit to Denver.

Jack Silich"Sean combines an outstanding skills set with a very high hockey IQ and a very high compete level," says Gino Cavallini, coach at the Chicago Mission Bantam Major 03s for which Sean competes. "He excels in all situations ... an all around great player. I have not coached a player yet at the Mission with the poise Sean displays while under pressure." 

According to Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin, "Sean is obviously an outstanding hockey player, and this year he has really upped his game academically too. I have no doubt he will do extremely well at Denver.”

Congrats to Sean (and his parents Kyle and Caryn) on his commitment to Denver University.

 

Bridgedale Academy 9th Grader Jack Silich commits to Quinnipiac University

Jack Silich has given his verbal commitment to play his NCAA Division 1 college hockey at Quinnipiac University. Jack becomes the ninth Bridgedale student-athlete to have made his college commitment, and the first to commit to Quinnipiac.

Jack Silich"Coaches are always looking for strong two-way players, and that's Jack Silich in a nutshell," says Gino Cavallini, Jack's coach at the Chicago Mission 03s. "He can impact a game with a big hit, with an important goal, and with a shot block. He's a gamer who will do well at Quinnipiac." 

According to Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin, "Jack is an outstanding young man. He is the total package in terms of his academic and athletic prowess.”

Congratulations to Jack (and his parents Don and Penny) on his commitment to Quinnipiac University.

 

Bridgedale Academy graduate Brian Silver commits to Michigan State University

Brian Silver has given his verbal commitment to play his NCAA Division 1 college hockey at Michigan State University. Brian, now an 10th grader at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, became the eighth Bridgedale grad to make his college commitment, and the first to commit to Michigan State.

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“Brian Silver is a leader,” said Gino Cavallini, Brian's coach with the Chicago Mission U16s. “He is the type of player you can play in any situation with confidence that he'll consistently make the right plays.

"Coaches are always looking for defensemen who are smart and reliable, and that's Brian Silver in a nutshell," adds Cavallini. "He moves the puck well, especially his first pass, and he can and will play physically. He's a two-way player who contributes offensively while at the same time being steady and reliable defensively. I believe Brian will have a great college career at MSU." 

According to Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin, "Brian is obviously a great hockey player, but he's also an outstanding young man. He will definitely bring a positive impact to the Michigan State Spartans hockey program both on the ice and in the locker room.”

Congratulations to Brian (and his parents Jeff and Marianne) on his commitment to Michigan State University.

 

Bridgedale Academy graduate Mathieu de St. Phalle commits to Wisconsin

Mathieu de St. Phalle has given his verbal commitment to play his NCAA Division 1 college hockey at the University of Wisconsin. Mathiue, now an 11th grader at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, became the seventh Bridgedale grad to make his college commitment, and the second to commit to Wisconsin.

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“Mathieu is a high-end player,” said Gino Cavallini, Mathieu's coach with the Chicago Mission U16s. “He is a very creative player, both with and without the puck, and he sees the ice extremely well. He makes the players around him better and he works hard at both ends of the ice. I have no doubt he will continue to excel and have a great college career at Wisconsin." 

"Mathieu's dad Jacques also played at Wisconsin and won a national championship," added Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin. "Mathieu's a winner too and I wouldn't be surprised to see him become a major contributing factor at Wisconsin and help them win another national championship.”

Congratulations to Mathieu (and his parents Jacques and Mari) on his commitment to Wisconsin.

 

Bridgedale Academy graduate Tyler Carpenter commits to Notre Dame.

Tyler Carpenter has given his verbal commitment to play his NCAA Division 1 college hockey at the University of Notre Dame. Tyler, now a 10th grader at St. Viator HS in Arlington Hts, becomes the sixth Bridgedale grad to make his college commitment, and the fourth to commit to Notre Dame.

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“Tyler has made himself into a high-end player,” said Gino Cavallini, Tyler's coach with the Chicago Mission U16s. “In addition to being an excellent athlete, he's a goal-setter. And now his hard work and perseverance has helped him achieve one of his many goals. I have no doubt he will continue to excel and achieve his goals and make Notre Dame proud." 

 

"Tyler is a perfect fit for Notre Dame," added Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin, himself an ND grad. "His development over the last few years has been nothing short of fantastic and I'm looking forward to being able to watch him and the other Bridgedale grads compete for the Irish in the years ahead. Everyone here at Bridgedale is very excited for Ty and his family.”

Congratulations to Tyler (and his parents John and Laura) on his commitment to Notre Dame.

 

Bridgedale Academy 8th grader Wyatt Schingoethe has given his verbal commitment to attend the University of Notre Dame on a hockey scholarship.

Wyatt is highly regarded as one of the best players in the country at his age. 

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“Wyatt is a great young man and a high-end player,” said Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin, himself an ND alum. “He's an excellent athlete who brings a great compete level at all times. It's unusual for Notre Dame to commit to an 8th grader. But Wyatt's development as a young man over the last few years has been eye-popping. Everyone here at Bridgedale is very excited for Wyatt and his family.”

Congratulations to Wyatt (and his parents Kurt and Karayn) on his commitment to Notre Dame.

 

Bridgedale Academy 10th grader Spencer Stastney has given his verbal commitment to attend the University of Notre Dame on a hockey scholarship.

Spencer StastneySpencer is a top student academically and is also highly regarded as one of the best players in the country at his age. 

“Spencer is one of the best puck moving defenseman, if not the best, at his age level,” said Anders Sorensen, Spencer’s coach with the Chicago Mission U16 team. “His on-ice awareness both with and without the puck is elite. He has a very high skill level and is a great teammate." 

“Spencer really is the full package,” said Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin, himself an ND alum. “He excels academically in all his subjects, and athletically he combines an extremely high hockey IQ with great versatility. Notre Dame has landed themselves a great recruit and we at Bridgedale are very excited for Spencer and his family.”

Congratulations to Spencer (and his parents Hoyt and Kathy) on his commitment to Notre Dame.

Bode Wilde Makes it Three D1 Hockey Commitments

Bode WildeBridgedale Academy 10th grader Bode Wilde has given his verbal commitment to play Division 1 college hockey at Harvard University. Bode, who played last season for Detroit-Honeybaked, is regarded as one of the top defenseman in the country. Bode joins Jacob Pivonka and Brady Smith as Bridgedale Academy students making verbal commitments to D1 schools.

“Bode has consistently been one of the very best defenseman in the entire country the past few years,” said Kevin Mann, 200 x 85 founder and Chicago Mission coach. “There are very few players who can impact both sides of the game, offensively and defensively, like Bode does. He is a difference maker with his compete level, mobility, puck-handling and shot.”

Congratulations to Bode (and to his mom Fiona) on his commitment to Harvard.

Another Hockey Scholarship

Brady SmithBridgedale Academy 9th grader Brady Smith has given his verbal commitment to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison on a hockey scholarship. Brady is regarded as one of the top defenseman at his age level in the country. Brady plays for the Chicago Mission AAA Hockey Club.

“Brady has made the commitment to excellence that all top young players must make,” said Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin. “He is a fearless competitor who will be a great fit for (UW Head Coach) Mike Eaves’ hockey program at Wisconsin.”

“Brady’s work ethic is what sets him apart,” added McPartlin. “He never takes a drill or a shift off. I believe he will be an impact player for the Badgers.”

Congratulations to Brady (and to his parents Mitch and Jennie) on his commitment to the University of Wisconsin.

On a Hockey Scholarship

Jake PivonkaBridgedale Academy 9th grader Jake Pivonka has given his verbal commitment to attend the University of Notre Dame on a hockey scholarship. Jake is considered to be one of the top players in the country at his age. He is also one of the top academic performers at Bridgedale.

“Jake is an excellent fit for Notre Dame, a young man who combines academic excellence with athletic excellence,” said Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin, himself an ND alum. “I told Jake ‘good for you, and good for Notre Dame,’ and I meant it.”

“Jake seems always willing to go above and beyond the ordinary to achieve his goals,” added McPartlin. “He gets extraordinary results because he’s willing to give extraordinary efforts.”

Congratulations to Jake (and his parents Michal and Renata) on his commitment to Notre Dame.