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Earlier this week, Knights EHL forward Austin Weber confirmed his commitment to the University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide play DI hockey in the ACHA. The Tide’s program came into existence in 2005, and have built their way into a powerful ACHA contender since ascending to the division one level in 2015.
“Well first off, they have a sweet locker room,” said Weber of his future home. “It’s huge, it has four TV’s. I also have a lot of friends that go there. It’s a really nice campus, I like that. I kinda feel at home being 45 minutes away from my actual home. I feel like they actually appreciate the students. I’m going to business school there. My uncle went there. He’s told me a lot about it, it just sounds really good to me.”
The ‘97 forward has wracked up travel miles throughout his junior career playing in Minnesota, Alabama, New Hampshire, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania over the past four years. Wanderlust turned out to be another major selling point for the Crimson Tide’s program to Weber.
In his final season playing junior hockey, Weber has been a key piece for the Knights, notching four goals and 12 assists over 33 games. Coach Josh Fusco has had no reservations about plugging and playing Weber in a variety of situations.
“Austin has been a big part of our success,” said Fusco. “We’ve had him play multiple roles and on multiple lines for us this season. He’s a competitor; he mixes it up on every shift. He’s able to create on the attack and buckle down on the back check. He’s a fixture for us and it’s been a pleasure to have him here.”
Weber feels the EHL has helped prepare him for the jump to collegiate hockey.