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Wilderness player commits to St. Cloud State

The Minnesota Wilderness announces first year forward Benjamin Ward has committed to play collegiate hockey at St. Cloud State University. Ward, a draft pick by the Wilderness in the NAHL entry draft, will play his first year of junior hockey after starring at Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake (MAML) High School in Minnesota.

"Our entire organization is proud of Benjamin," said Wilderness coach Tim Madsen. "He made the commitment to leave high school hockey and further challenge himself for his senior year, and that commitment has quickly paid off. With Benjamin's college decision coming so early in our season, he can now focus on getting better every day, and helping the Wilderness win hockey games."

Ward is the first player off of the 2017-18 Wilderness to earn a Division I commitment. In just 31 games last season, Ward had 78 points for MAML, while leading his team to a second-place finish in the prestigious Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament. Ward led the state tournament with 2 goals and 5 assists for a total of 7 points, in just three games. He was also selected for the all tournament team.

"St. Cloud State is the school that I've wanted to go to since I was young," said Ward. "This opportunity is a dream come true. I want to thank the Wilderness ownership, management, coaching staff, and my teammates for their support. I look forward to having a great season and bringing the Robertson Cup back to Cloquet."