UND beat the buzzer with another young commitment.
Calgary forward Bowden Singleton, who turns 15 years old in two weeks, gave a verbal commitment to UND on Monday night, roughly 30 hours before new NCAA legislation will limit men’s hockey programs’ attempts to recruit young prospects.
Singleton, although just a freshman in high school, is known as one of the best goal-scorers in Western Canada for his age group. The 2004-born forward piled up 42 goals and 66 points in 29 games this season for Northern Alberta Xtreme’s bantam prep team.
Last week, Singleton was named to the all-star team at the Alberta Cup, scoring eight goals and 16 points in just five games. He finished three goals shy of Devin Setoguchi’s tournament record in 1995.
Singleton is listed as 5-foot-7, 140 pounds and shoots left.
Singleton’s commitment was time sensitive on two fronts.
First of all, it came before Wednesday’s deadline, when NCAA men’s hockey coaching staffs will no longer be able to communicate with prospects until Jan. 1 of their sophomore year and will not be able to offer scholarships until Aug. 1 before the prospect’s junior year.
It also came three days before the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft, where Singleton was expected to be a first-round pick. His college commitment could drop his draft stock, because teams may be worried he won’t play in the league. Prospects who play in the WHL lose such a significant chunk of their college eligibility that it’s extremely rare for players to play in both leagues.
Apparently Bowden Singleton only scores highlight reel goals. He sniped 4 today at the AB cup reminding people why he’s one of the top 04s in Western Canada. pic.twitter.com/0zfhCOT5ns
- Wagon Hockey (@WagonHockey) April 27, 2019
Although it is uncommon for first-round WHL picks to choose college, UND has pulled a few in the last 20 years: current forward commit Massimo Rizzo, sophomore-to-be defenseman Jonny Tychonick and former forwards Tyson Jost and Jonathan Toews.
Come Wednesday, UND won’t be able to communicate with Singleton for eight months.
The Fighting Hawks -- and other college programs -- have been rushing to commit young players before Wednesday’s deadline. Singleton is the fifth freshman or younger to commit to UND in the month of April.
The others all had local ties.
Three of the were from in town: East Grand Forks defenseman Trey Ausmus (the brother of former UND captain Gage Ausmus), Grand Forks forward Jaksen Panzer (the son of former Hobey Baker Award finalist Jeff Panzer) and Grand Forks forward Cole Spicer. The fourth was Eden Prairie forward Jackson Blake, the son of former UND Hobey Baker Award finalist and longtime NHLer Jason Blake.
Bowden Singleton having himself a weekend at the AB Cup. Another hatty today just ahead of Thursday’s WHL draft. pic.twitter.com/mALqlFunpc
- Wagon Hockey (@WagonHockey) April 28, 2019
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