Forward Michael Stenberg of the South Shore Kings, proud member of the Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF) and United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), announced on Friday his commitment to playing his collegiate career at Penn State University, an NCAA Division I program.
Stenberg becomes the third player from the Eastern Hockey Federation's Elite Division to commit to an Division I program in the last three days, joining South Shore teammate Brady Berard (Providence College) and Mid-Farfield's Ryan Fine (Boston University).
I’m proud and honored to announce my commitment to play Division 1 hockey at Penn State University. I’d like to thank all my coaches, friends, and family that helped achieve this goal. Can’t wait to see what the future holds. Go Lions pic.twitter.com/cKUlR3fwNS— Michael Stenberg (@mikeystenberg) April 28, 2019
4.5 Mike Stenberg to Penn St. Late 2004, Thayer 8th grader was at times the best player on the ice. Impacts every shift. Strong, plays w/snarl & can score. Surrounds the puck. DNP at U14 Nattys as he starts on the lax team.— Neutral Zone (@_Neutral_Zone) April 29, 2019
The Needham, Massachusetts native split his 2018-19 season with South Shore and Thayer Academy.
Playing in the EHF's U14 Elite Divison, Stenberg aided South Shore to a 20-win season (20-3-0). Behind a staggering plus-70 goal differential, the Kings cruised to the division's regular season and postseason titles.
Stenberg would also play a role in powering South Shore to a Massachusetts State Championship. In five games at the 14U Tier 1 - National Bound Tournament, Stenberg tallied two goals and three assists for the Kings. In the championship match vs Neponset Valley, he netted the game's first goal that would lead to a Kings victory, 3-2.
In 20 games with Thayer Academy (13-10-4), Stenberg earned 16 points on five goals and 11 assists.
Stenberg will join the Cape Cod Whalers for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
Penn State, ranked No. 17 in the nation by USCHO.com, finished the 2018-19 season with a 22-15-2 overall record. After facing setbacks against opponents in the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions would make a run in the conference tournament and reach the championship game. They would come up just short, falling to Notre Dame by a final score of 3-2.
Of the 26 players on their roster, five players were recruited straight from, and/or spent significant time in, the USPHL’s Premier, 18U, and 16U Divisions.