WICHITA FALLS, TX – The Wichita Falls Warriors are pleased to announce that forward Drew Vieten has committed to Niagara University to further his hockey and academic career.
“After speaking to the whole coaching staff at Niagara, I knew it was a program that I wanted to be a part of and further my development as a person and hockey player”, said Vieten. The Calabasas, California native will be heading far from home up to western New York to begin his college career, but Vieten was won over by the culture that the program has built at Niagara. “I was drawn to the program because of the way they take care for their players and culture they have set.” The Niagara Men’s Ice Hockey program competes in the Atlantic Hockey Conference at the NCAA Division I level. “I can’t wait to get my time started there and accomplish my dream of playing college hockey.”
This season with the Warriors, Vieten has recorded a total of 29 points on 13 goals and 16 assists in 30 games played. The Warriors forward has been an impact player in the offensive zone, especially on the power play, leading the Warriors with 6 goals on the man advantage. “My experience in Wichita Falls with the Warriors has giving me the opportunity to take that next step in my game from my first year of juniors and show that I’m ready for the Division 1 level. I can’t thank the coaches and Owner here enough for giving me that opportunity.” Vieten joins seven other Warriors who have already made their commitments.
Warriors Head Coach Garrett Roth has had his eyes set on Drew Vieten’s talent well before the start of the team’s inaugural season. “Drew has been a player over the last two years that has been actively recruited by our staff”, said Roth. “We understood that getting him onboard was a key component in building our roster for our inaugural season. His detailed play and accountability along with his offensive production has been a huge part of our success.” Second on the team in points recorded, Vieten has been driving force on the offensive end that has helped the Warriors win games. Now the Warriors coaching staff and organization look forward to his future at Niagara. “We are extremely excited for him and his family for earning this opportunity. He has been a big part of building our foundation and that experience will attribute to his success at Niagara.”