The Cape Cod Islanders are pleased to announce that defenseman Eric Szeker has commited to play hockey at St. Olaf College next year. Szeker, the 6' 1" 195 pounder who hails from Allentown, NJ has been a standout defenseman for the past three yeares and was named team captain this season. He is currently ranked second in assists (34) and third in total points in all of Tier III Junior Hockey and has lead the Islanders to a 28-5-2 record.
The St. Olaf Oles play in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and are located in Northfield, Minnesota. The division three program is lead by head coach Sean Goldsworthy, who had this to say about Szeker's commitment "We are thrilled about Eric Szeker's commitment to St. Olaf College. We have been recruiting him since the NA3HL Showcase at Blaine, Minnesota in December, where he played for the NA3EHL Prospect Team. It is no surprise that he has become one of the best defensemen in all of Tier III hockey over the past three seasons. He reflects the type of student athlete that succeeds in our program."
Szeker began playing for the Islanders in 2013 where he played for then head coach, Dan Hodge. "When Eric first arrived on Cape Cod, he was a young kid and three years later I couldn't be more proud of the young man he has become. Eric had many other playing options over the summer and I am so happy that he trusted me and coach Punsky to put him in the position to succeed. He has set a standard that all future Islander players will be measured by."
Szeker was named captain for the 2015-16 season by newly named head coach Jay Punsky "Eric is one of the best leaders I have ever worked with. He is an excellent teammate and is extremely coachable. His attitude, dedication and focus are exactly what college coaches look for. He is a guy that I know I can put in any situation and he will rise to that occasion no matter what. He is a great leader both in the locker room and on the ice. He has worked hard for this chance and he truly deserves it."