Former Knights forward Ethan Crake announced his commitment to Lindenwood University-Belleville over the weekend. The native of West Pittston, PA spent the 2016-17season with the Knights in the NA3AHL. He recorded four goals and 9 assists in 33 games.
“I was just some kid off the street,” joked Crake. “Coach Fusco brought me on and helped develop me pretty well. Our team was a great mix of having fun but also being able to take the game seriously.”
The 1998 birth year will join Lindenwood University-Belleville in Lindenwood, Illinois next season. The Lynx are headed by former NHL goalie Lindsay Middlebrook. After a few successful seasons in ACHA division II, Belleville made the transition to the NAIA level of hockey this season.
“From the second I walked in, I knew it was a welcoming place,” said Crake of his visit to the university. “It’s a nice facility, right in Illinois, a cool small school. The coaching staff was easy-going and seemed easy to talk to. The team was really cool, and really came across as a great group of guys.”
“I’m a gritty player,” said Crake of his skillset. “I’m play a grimey game. I think that will transition to the ice and off of it. It’s something I think won’t always show up on the scoresheet, but then sometimes it will. That’s what I’ll bring to their team.”
Crake’s former coach, Josh Fusco, was happy to hear of his former player’s commitment.
“As a coach it’s always great seeing a player you had move onto the next stage in their careers and lives,” he said. “I’m very happy to see Ethan pursuing his dreams and having success. I wish him all the best and good luck in his future.”
“I want to thank my parents, first and foremost,” said Crake. “But I wanted to especially thank coach Fusco. He was a great coach to play for and he even had me in this past summer, helping me in the weight room, keeping me ready to keep playing hockey.”
The Knights congratulate Ethan on his commitment and look forward to rooting him on as he continues on with his career!