The Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones are proud to announce that forward Brendan Walk has declared his commitment to play for NCAA Division III Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Mass., where he will pursue a business major.
“The USPHL Premier was a great experience for me,” Walk said. “It prepared me well for success at the next level. My time in Cincinnati under coach Jim Mitchell and in Hudson under Brett Wall really helped prepare me for college. My goal going into juniors was do play D-III college hockey, and when I visited Fitchburg, I knew that’s where I wanted to be.”
In his juniors career, Walk, a Clarkston, Mich. native, scored 44 goals and 99 assists (143 points) in 107 career USPHL Premier games, tying him for 23rd on the all-time points list. His assist total is tied for 13th in league history.
“I really want to thank my family, friends, coaches, and billets for helping me down this road,” Walk added. “None of this would have been possible without their support and pushing me to be my best.”
Walk finished the 2021-22 season with 19 goals and 42 assists in 39 games. His 61 points were good for second on the team.
“Brendan was really a leader for us this season,” Cyclones head coach Jim Mitchell said. “Fitchburg is getting a great player and I know Brendan will be a great fit there. The Cyclones organization wishes Brendan the best at the next level.”
With Walk’s commitment, the Jr. Cyclones have advanced five players to the collegiate level following Cincinnati’s inaugural season. Forward Drake Barnish will be playing at Division III Utica College, forward Nathan Sunderhaus committed to Indiana Tech, defenseman Ian Kuntz is off to Lawrence Tech, and goaltender Paolo Suppa is headed to Roosevelt University to continue his career.
For more information on the Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones program, please visit the team website at cycloneshockey.com/junior-cyclones. You can also follow the Cyclones on Twitter (@CincyJrCyclones) and on Instagram (@cincycyclonesusphl).