Chambers Blog: Dylan Gambrell Commits To DU

(above) This video is two years old, but you get the idea.  The kid has game.

Mike Chambers of the Denver Post is reporting that Dylan Gambrell has made a verbal commitment to the University of Denver.  Check out Mike Chambers Blog for more information about the player.
"Ninth-grader Dylan Gambrell has committed to play hockey for the University of Denver, his coach said. Gambrell plays for the U16 Colorado Thunderbirds (Tier 1, triple-A), coached by former Pioneers forward Angelo Ricci, whose organization has become a feeder program to the local NCAA powerhouse."
2012 Recruiting Class
F Tyler Pham (Indiana Ice, USHL)
D Dakota Mermis (Green Bay, USHL)
D Matt Van Voorhis (Sioux Falls, USHL)
F Garrett Allen (Des Moines, USHL)
D Nolan Zajac (Omaha, USHL)
F Quentin Shore (U.S. Under-18)
F Grant Arnold (Green Bay, USHL)
F Gabe Levin (Fairbanks, NAHL)

2013 Recruiting Class
F Brad Hawkinson (Lincoln Stars, USHL)
F Landon Smith (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Connor Chatham (U.S. Under-17)
F Ray Pigozzi (Chicago, USHL)
D Will Butcher (U.S. Under-17)
F Cody DePourcq (Penticton, BCHL)
F Trevor Moore (Tri-Cities, USHL)

2014 Recruiting Class
F Jared Fiegl (Colorado Rampage, U-16)
D Gage Ausmus (U.S. Under-17)

2015 Recruiting Class
F Dylan Gambrell (Colorado Thunderbirds, AAA)


dggoddard said...

A few other tidbits about Dylan Gambrell.

Love the video.

The hometown Seattle Thunderbirds [Major Junior-WHL] were very hot after Gambrell. So it was a major recruiting win for DU to lure him away.

old pio said...

Hand/eye coordination? Check.

Anonymous said...

I understand the serious competition to land top prospects, but there is something that is more than a liitle a little sick about committing to 14 year old ninth graders.

old pio said...

"More than a little sick?" Really?
Stuff and nonsense.

dggoddard said...

For the record Dylan is 15 years, 6 months old.

I'm not defending the practice of recruiting 15 year-olds, but in this case the hometown major junior team was after this player and I'm guessing DU felt they had to accept the verbal commitment.

Anonymous said...

A lot of kids will have graduated high school within 2 years of his current age and depending on size and skill could jump right in to college hockey. I figure this is a good snag for DU although there is plenty of time between now and when he comes to school, hopefully he sticks with it and plays for the Pioneers a few years from now. The fact that he is choosing college over not going to college at 15 is a sign of maturity.

Anonymous said...

Coming from me (his sister) for him to commit to DU is a huge loss for our hometown Seattle Thunderbirds. They have been trying to get him for a few years and at 15 for him to commit to college is a huge deal and very big commit. I'm know he is very excited and has been talking about playing college hockey since he was much younger. And I'm sure he will still commit and play forDU when the time comes

Shah Mundell said...

Dylan has worked extremely hard for this, he deserves it. DU will get him ready for life and most likely the NHL. I'm not saying this just because I'm his uncle but I have seen how much his family have committed themselves to his future. Very proud of him to say the least. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I played/still play spring hockey with Dylan and he is the best hockey player I know personally. he works harder than anyone I know and deserves this more than anyone else too. Hopefully everything works out and Dylan can flourish at the college hockey level