The Hudson Havoc enjoyed some big news right off of their 3-1 performance at the USPHL Winter Showcase in Massachusetts.
Right after their return to Wisconsin, the Havoc announced that Evan Mitchell and Max Wigfield both committed to Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Mitchell, an ‘01 out of Liberty Township, Ohio, is the Havoc’s leading scorer with 16 goals and 45 points in 32 games played this season.
Wigfield, a ‘99 from Oak Park, Ill., has 20 goals and 37 points in 31 games in his second year with the Havoc. Overall, in two years with the team, he has scored 77 points in 71 contests.
The commitment to Chatham by Mitchell should come as no surprise to those close to him, as he had visited Chatham twice before making his commitment.
“I loved the school immediately. It’s a great campus with a great location close to Pittsburgh,” Mitchell said. “Meeting Coach [Michael] Callan and Coach [Kane] Elliot was great, as they showed me around the campus and facilities.
“Getting to talk about the hockey program, as well as the education Chatham provides, was a huge reason in deciding to commit,” Mitchell added. “I got to meet some of the guys on the team, and they talked to me about the season and the school.”
"I'm extremely excited to attend Chatham University,” added Wigfield. “I loved the campus and the city of Pittsburgh has many great things to offer. Coach Callan and Coach Elliot are building something special at Chatham and I am very excited to be a part of it."
Both certainly felt deeply indebted to the Havoc for getting them to this point in their career, ahead of a pair of NCAA Division 3 careers, but not before praising those who have been there since Day 1 - their families.
“Thank you to my family for always supporting me and making this opportunity possible for me,” said Wigfield. “Thank you to all my former coaches and teammates, I wouldn't be the player I am today without you. Thanks to Coach [Brett] Wall and Coach [Ryan] Davis as well as the entire Hudson Havoc organization for helping me reach this goal of mine.
“Playing in Hudson has been the best Junior Hockey experience I could have asked for and I'm thankful for all the hard work and dedication that Coach Wall has given us as Havoc players," added Wigfield.
Mitchell was equally grateful to those behind him from Day 1.
“I’m truly grateful for everyone who has helped me get to this point in my life and my hockey career,” added Mitchell. “My family, especially these last two years in Hudson, have always shown tremendous support, and have always been there for me when I need it most, whether it be hockey or in the classroom. My billet family has also been a great support system, as they welcomed me into their home, and have treated me as family during my time in Hudson.
“Also, I would like to thank Brett Wall and Ryan Davis for the past two years as well, as they coached and prepared me to be ready for the next level, as well as to perform at a high level during my junior career,” Mitchell added. “Also, I would like to thank my teammates for consistently pushing me to become better each and every day during practice and games.
“The past two years in Hudson have been amazing, as the community is very supportive of the team. The players have gotten the chance to help in the community, such as skating with the youth teams, which has been fun,” added Mitchell. “I’m just so grateful that I was able to come to an amazing place to follow and continue my dream of playing hockey, as well as furthering my education.”
He and Wigfield won’t be leaving the Hudson family behind entirely.
“I also got to talk with my former teammate Ben Lamm, who is a freshman at Chatham,” added Mitchell. “Knowing that I’ll be playing with him again going into the 2021-22 season is exciting.”