Knights blue-liner will join the Wisconsin River Falls Falcons in 2017-18
Tim Gelatt has announced he will be attending the University of Wisconsin River Falls next year. The Falcons, who play out of the WIAC in Division III of the NCAA, are a proud program that boasts 11 Frozen Four appearances and two National Championships since their formation in 1964.
“They just built a $63 million new athletics facility so that grabs your attention right away,” said Gelatt of his future workplace. “They have a great winning tradition. I felt that going there gave me the best chance not only to win but to do well academically.”
The ’96 defenseman will follow the same path as former Knights teammates Blake Busch and Tanner Bennett who committed to the Falcons program last year.
Gelatt, who is currently finishing his final year of junior hockey, registered three goals and five assists last season in 32 games played between the regular and postseason.
“I think the NAHL is the toughest league in junior hockey both physically and mentally,” said Gelatt. “Playing here, I think has set me up well for college. They do business like a pro league. It’s 60 games and you’re working, practicing and playing every week for a good chunk of the year. It’s a good test. There’s a lot of exposure between Blaine and the player showcases. The league just produces good hockey players.”
As captain of the Knights in 2016-17, Gelatt has been a steadying presence in the defensive zone while also contributing on the other end of the ice, tallying three goals and 11 assists in 50 regular season games played.
“I’m proud of how far we’ve come,” said Gelatt of his two years with the Knights. “We started building from the ground up in this league. We finished over .500 this year. We made playoffs both years I’ve been here. Everyone’s put in so much work, from players, staff, billets and ownership. I’m happy to have been here since the start.”
The Knights organization would like to wish Tim the best of luck moving forward in his hockey career and congratulate him on a well-earned commitment.