Defenseman Drake Usher Commits to Air Force

WICHITA FALLS, TX – The Wichita Falls Warriors are pleased to announce that defenseman Drake Usher has committed to the Air Force Academy to further his hockey and academic career.

“Committing to the Air Force Academy is a great opportunity to play at the next level”, said Usher.  “With such great players and coaches, I know they have an outstanding program on and off the ice.”  The connection to the Air Force Academy has run through Drake’s family.  His grandfather Bob Zorick served in the United States Air Force and his cousin Michael Mayra played for the Falcons hockey program and graduated from the academy in 2009.  “It will be a great honor to carry on the Air Force legacy”.

This season with the Warriors, Usher has recorded a total of 10 points on a goal and 9 assists in 18 games played. “Playing in Wichita Falls has been a wonderful life experience.  The coaches here are really preparing everyone for the next level, they push us to become better and better each day.”  Usher joins four other Warriors who have already made their commitments.  “My teammates have also pushed me to strive for excellence.  There is no time at the rink where we are slacking off and it really makes this team special.  I can’t thank everyone enough at the Kay Yeager Coliseum for making this dream a reality.”

Warriors Head Coach Garrett Roth has been pleased with Usher’s production on the ice since the day he arrived in Wichita Falls back in December.  “Drake has been a huge addition to our group”, said Roth.  “His character and experience was an immediate impact in our locker room from the day he got here and his play on the ice speaks for itself with this commitment.”  Roth and the entire Warriors organization now looks forward to seeing Usher excel at the next level just as he has here in the North American Hockey League.  “As an organization and coaching staff, we couldn’t be more excited to see Drake have the honor to play for Air Force.”