(Cloquet, MN) — The Minnesota Wilderness, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are very pleased to announce that defenseman Richard Buri has made his NCAA Division I commitment to the University of Alabama Huntsville. Alabama Huntsville currently competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
Buri (6’5/210), the 20-year-old from Nitra, Slovakia is the third player from the NAHL Wilderness organization to make a NCAA Division I commitment. Buri has played 39 games with the Wilderness this season. As a defenseman he has 3 goals, 4 assists and is +8. Richard also played in the NAHL Top Prospect Tournament on the Midwest Team.
“Alabama Huntsville was the best option for me, their facility and plan for me was best,” said Buri. “Alabama Huntsville was the best place for me financially and I just really want to play hockey in Alabama. It feels great having a college commitment and feels better knowing I can start next year, it relieves a lot of the pressure.” stated Buri.
“We are happy for Richard on his commitment to Alabama Huntsville. He has been a big part of our success this season. We wish him good luck and we expect him to do well.” said Wilderness head coach Corey Millen.
The Minnesota Wilderness is in its’ first season in the North American Hockey League. The Wilderness clinched a playoff spot after their weekend series in Bismarck and has an overall record of 31-13-9. They are based in Cloquet, MN and play their home contests at Northwoods Credit Union Arena.