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Springfield forward Howard makes NCAA DI commitment

January 11, 2024

The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are excited to announce that forward Zach Howard has announced his NCAA Division 1 commitment to Army-West Point in Atlantic Hockey. 

Howard, 18, who is in his first full year of junior hockey, is settling in nicely in Springfield and through 32 games he has 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points so far during the 2023-24 season. 

“I am honored and excited to announce my commitment to serve my country, further my education, and play Division 1 Hockey at Army West Point. I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates who have supported me along the way,” said Howard. 

He was named the Jimmy Johns Athlete of the Month for the Jr. Blues in November where he notched 5 points in 6 games. 

The 6’1/175 lbs native of New Richmond, WI comes to the Jr. Blues after three seasons at St. Thomas Academy where he registered 58 points in 72 games on 27 goals and 31 assists. He will join fellow Jr. Blues alum Joey Dosan and Mac Gadowsky who currently play for the Army Black Knights. 

“Zach is very hard working and loves to compete,” said Head Coach Todd Pococke. “He continues to grow each week and we look forward to seeing how much he can accomplish the rest of this season. Army is getting a great hockey player and outstanding character kid.” 

Howard is the second player on the Jr. Blues to commit to an NCAA Division 1 program. He joins Jake Peterson who is committed to Air Force Academy. 

Click here for an updated NAHL to NCAA commitment list 

 
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