The Minnesota Moose of the USPHL Premier are excited to announce the commitment of 2001 Forward and Assistant Captain Hunter Barto to Iowa State University. Iowa State is a Top 5 ACHA D1 program and Hunter will be bringing his talents to ISU for the next four years.
Hunter Barto (a native of Las Vegas, Nev.) was a three-year veteran for the Minnesota Moose. He appeared in 124 games in a Moose jersey while scoring 44 goals and 69 assists for 113 points. Barto also served as an assistant captain for his last campaign for the Minnesota Moose in this past season. He contributed to much of the success of the Minnesota Moose where he helped get to two USPHL National Tournaments.
“Looking back at Hunter’s time with the Moose I recall a player that came to the Moose not fully ready to play at the Junior Level," said Moose GM/Head Coach Jon Jonasson. "Because of his work ethic and his drive to try and be one of the best players on the ice, it only took him three months into his first season to find his spot.
"He kept growing into a bigger role over his time here and eventually became one of the top players in the USPHL Premier. Hunter was a solid lead by example player, natural playmaker and was very reliable for us in clutch situations. I expect him to have a similar path at the collegiate level and turn into a top player at the ACHA level for Iowa State.”
“Three years ago, I decided to take the leap and leave my senior year of high school and travel 1,300 miles to play for the Minnesota Moose," said Barto. "Over the three years with the Moose, I became a complete player and saw my skills and knowledge of the game improve drastically. Playing with the Moose also developed me into a young adult and gave me life long best friends that all played for the same goal, to win a national championship. Thank you to the whole coaching staff for taking me in and allowing me to be a Moose for three years. Once a Moose, always a Moose!”
When the Minnesota Moose Junior Hockey Club, out of Blaine, Minn., started in 2017, the goal was to see players move on to the next level of hockey and begin the next chapter of their lives as young men and student athletes. Since the inception of the Minnesota Moose there has been over 80 players that have gotten the opportunity to play at the next level from NCAA D1 to Tier 2 Junior Hockey. The goal has always been to move players to the most reputable programs at whatever level suits their needs most. That depends on academics, coaches, campuses, the hockey, the balance of lifestyle etc.
Once a player dons that Minnesota Moose jersey on day 1 one of training camp, they know that they will be taken care of, have an opportunity to chase a championship and have every door opened as possible to move on to Collegiate hockey (NCAA/ACHA D1) or Tier 2 Junior.
The Minnesota Moose, playing out of Blaine, Minn., have been one of the top teams in the USPHL Premier and Midwest-West for the last Five seasons since their inception in 2017, with 80+ advancements, a 186-59-10 overall record since 2017, four trips to the National Tournament and two Division Championships.
Players interested in playing for the Minnesota Moose next season or beyond can visit their website at www.minnesotamoosehockey.com or reach out to Head Coach and General Manager Jon Jonasson at firstname.lastname@example.org.