Bound for Division I hockey: Quinn Kuntz commits to Ohio State
Quinn Kuntz says she grew up in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
“I always wanted to play at The Ralph,” the soon-to-be senior goaltender said. “I always wanted to play for North Dakota, but the WCHA is the next best thing.”
The Grand Forks native will get to live the dream of playing college hockey in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association beginning in the fall of 2019.
Kuntz, who now plays at Warroad High, committed to play for Ohio State on Monday night.
“Playing Division I has always been a dream of mine, ever since I met the Lamoureux twins when I was younger,” Kuntz said of the Olympic gold-medal winning sisters from Grand Forks. “I wanted to be an Olympian.”
Kuntz has been a prospect ever since she posted a .906 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against average for the Grand Forks KnightRiders as a freshman. She improved her save percentage to .927 as a sophomore and earned all-state honors.
She transferred to Warroad last season and led the state of Minnesota with a .960 save percentage and a 0.77 goals-against average. Kuntz had eight shutouts in 17 games for the Warriors.
Kuntz also had a longstanding connection to Ohio State.
Buckeyes associate coach Peter Elander was the associate coach at UND while Kuntz was growing up. Elander helped recruit Kuntz to Ohio State.
“My family knows him through women’s hockey at North Dakota,” Kuntz said. “I’ve known him for quite some time. I ended up going to a showcase in Florida and that’s where he saw me play probably for the first time in like seven years.”
Kuntz visited Columbus for a camp this summer, too.
“It was really fun going there,” she said.
Kuntz also had contact from Minnesota Duluth, RPI and Union.
Kuntz will be the first Grand Forks KnightRider to play Division I since Nicole Novak and Shelby Brossart, who is entering her senior year at Minnesota Duluth.
Kuntz will play her senior high school season at Warroad before going to Columbus. The Warriors finished runner-up at state last season.
“Hopefully, we’ll bring it all home,” she said. “The upset last year was a letdown, and we did lose our top scorer, but we’re still a good team. Hopefully, we’ll get to the ‘ship and win it all.”