Matt Van Voorhis Commits To DU

(above) Matt Van Voorhis from Edina, Minnesota will attend DU

The USHL Website is reporting that defenseman Matt Van Voorhis of Team USA has verbally committed to attend the University of Denver. No year is mentioned, but we'd expect it to be in 2011 or 2012.

The 17-year-old blueliner from Edina, Minnesota has two points (1g, 1a) in 20 USHL games this season while playing for Team USA's Under-17 squad. He has been described by the US Hockey Report as an "excellent skater and puck handler with great mobility."

In 2008-09 Van Voorhis played for the Edina High School team as a Sophomore and recorded two goals and 9 assists. Edina won the Minnesota Class AA Consolation Championship last season.

He is teammates with DU recruit Zac Larraza, a forward on the USNDT-Under 17.
2010 Recruiting Class
F Jason Zucker (U.S. Under-18)
D David Makowski (Green Bay, USHL)
F Nick Shore (U.S. Under-18)
F Beau Bennett (Penticton, BCHL)
F Dan Olszewski (St. Louis, NAHL)

2011 Recruiting Class
D Scott Mayfield (Youngstown, USHL)
F Zac Larraza (U.S. Under-17)
G Sam Brittain (Canmore, AJHL)
F Garrett Allen (Fargo, USHL)
D Matt Van Voorhis (U.S. Under-17)

2012 Recruiting Class
F Tyler Pham (Team Illinios)


Anonymous said...

What type of pick up do you think this kid is? Were there any other schools in the running?

dggoddard said...

Its pretty rare to see a 5'7 155 lbs defenseman, so that really jumps out at you. Not sure yet who else was after him. Maybe we'll hear more next week.

Van Vooris had the skills to be selected for the USNDP so he obviously has some unreal ability.

DU had good results with Patrick Mullen as an undersized defenseman so playing for Gwoz and staff will surely help his development.

Gwoz really emphasizes the importance of bringing the puck up the ice, so Van Vooris will a handy transition game weapon.

Finally, he's probably going to play four years of college hockey, so that's another bonus.

Sara said...

I know he lived in grand forks for a time when he was real young, and was actually a sioux fan, but i'm not sure how much they were after him considering they just got the dillon simpson committment and they're pretty set on defense for a few years now. that's the only school i've heard with interest... but i'm sure there were more considering the face time he gets playing with the USNTP. Good pick up.

Anonymous said...

he was also being recruited by BC, Vermont and ND.