Knights goalie Jared Stahel has committed to the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Crimson Hawks have two hockey teams that compete at the DI and DIII levels in the ACHA. Stahel played the 2017-18 season for the Knights in the EHL. The Texas-born netminder is excited thrilled to join IUP this fall, as the Crimson Hawks division I team looks to build off of an 11-win season.
“I got a call from one of my friends, Trent Bubanic,” Stahel said. “He’s a former teammate of mine and played a very big role in turning me on to the school. He had just committed there. I went up and saw it and it was absolutely incredible. It has a beautiful campus with brand new housing, and a very social student body. Everybody was really nice. I’m entering their business school, the Eberly College of Business, which is ranked third in Pennsylvania.”
Stahel played 1431 minutes in 25 games for the Knights in the EHL this season, picking up 11 wins and three shutouts.
“I feel playing in the EHL really helped me deal with the speed of the game,” Stahel said. “It’s a lot faster than Texas hockey and the USPHL, where I had played before. I have been to DI and DIII clinics before and after playing in the EHL, and before I was just kind of there. After, I feel like I’ve gotten faster playing in the net, and playing the puck.”
Stahel looks forward to bringing his highly-energetic style to IUP.
“I play with a Texas-sized attitude,” he said. “I bring a little ‘Yee-haw!’ to the crease and I really enjoy it. Being a Knight helped me have more fun and helped me be less tense out there. Joe Ford, the head coach at IUP is a younger, newer coach, who’s open-minded. That’s really important to me.”
“Jared’s extremely passionate about hockey,” said Knights EHL head coach Josh Fusco. “He brings a lot of emotion to the game. It goes to show when you come here and put the work in, good things happen and Jared is a great example of that. I’m very happy for him.”
Stahel was quick to thank the Knights staff for their tutelage this past year.
“I just want to thank Coach Fusco and Coach Tom Kowal for bringing me in and giving me a chance to play.”
“It’s a product of the work we do here,” said Fusco of his goalie’s college commitment. “I’m excited to see Jared moving on to pursue his goals both academically and on the ice. I wish him the best of luck!”