Justin Kapelmaster Commits to Ferris State University
Thursday, 1.21.2016 / 10:35 am CT
By Alex von Keudell
Wildcats goaltender Justin Kapelmaster committed to Ferris State University earlier this week. He will begin his college hockey career at the start of the 2016-2017 season.
“I can’t thank my past and present coaches enough,” Kapelmaster said. “This long journey of hard work and dedication has finally paid off and I can’t thank my family enough for their support throughout my hockey career leading up to this point.”
Ferris State has helped many along their way to the NHL over the years. Colorado Avalanche defenseman Zach Redmond, Pittsburgh Penguins winger Chris Kunitz, and Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Jeff Blashill are among the notable Ferris State alumni.
“Justin has worked hard and persevered throughout to reach his dream of playing college hockey,” Wildcats Head Coach John LaFontaine said. “He is very excited and humbled to have the opportunity to suit up for such a strong program Ferris State University offers. His maturity and compete level will help him contribute to their strong tradition.”
Kapelmaster has backstopped the Wildcats to a successful campaign all season long. He leads all NAHL goaltenders in wins with 21, and he boasts an impressive 1.95 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.
A native of Coral Springs, Florida, Kapelmaster is no stranger to moving around North America for his hockey career. Before coming to Wichita Falls, he played junior hockey in New York and in Trenton, Ontario. Big Rapids, Michigan will be the next stop on a long journey for Justin Kapelmaster, who is now the sixth player on the Wildcats’ active roster to have committed to a Division I program.