Paul Maust, a member of the Knights inaugural NAHL roster, and two-year veteran of the organization’s junior hockey program has committed to Mercyhurst University.
In 119 career games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the NAHL, Maust recorded 31 goals and 47 assists. He was named to the NAHL’s All-Rookie team in 2015-16 before representing the Knights and the East Division in the Top Prospects Tournament in 2016-17. The Butler, Pennsylvania native has spent the 2017-18 season in the USHL playing for the Green Bay Gamblers.
Maust will be heading to a Mercyhurst program that has a proud history playing in the Atlantic Hockey Conference at the NCAA DI level. Since their first DI season at the turn of the century, the Lakers, behind bench boss Rich Gotkin, own a .535 winning percentage and have placed in the NCAA Finals on three separate occasions. Their alumni dot professional hockey rosters across North America and Europe.
In the 17 prior seasons they’ve played at the DI level in either the MAAC (2000-2003) or Atlantic Hockey (2003-present) Mercyhurst has won a regular season conference title as well times as a postseason conference championship three times apiece.
“After coaching Paul for two years, I am very happy to see he will have an opportunity play at the next level,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal. “He’s a tough, versatile hockey player who plays bigger than his size. He plays with the edge needed at the DI level. He was an impact player for us in his time with our program. I look forward to cheering for him throughout his career at Mercyhurst University.”
The Knights would like to congratulate Paul on his well-deserved commitment and wish him the best of luck moving on in his hockey career!