Thursday, December 27, 2012

Recruit Profile: Shane Gersich
Current Team:  USA NTDP Under-18 Team (USHL/Int.)
Potential Arrival at UND:  2014/15
Position:  Forward
Birthday:  July 10, 1996
Hometown:  Chaska, MN
Height:  5'11"
Weight:  175
Shoots:  Left

Profiles & Press Clippings:
  • He will play for the USA Hockey NTDP Under-18 Team.
  • He participated in the 2013 All-American Prospects Game as one of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • In September he was listed as a C skater on the NHL Central Scouting Service's Preliminary Watchlist for the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Played his sophomore season for Holy Family Catholic School (MN-HS), picking up 62 points (28G, 34A) in 25 games. He also scored one goal in six contests for the USHL's Omaha Lancers.
  • In August he took part in the 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament and registered six points (1G, 5A) in the first two games before suffering a shoulder injury that would keep him out of competition for the rest of the tournament.
  • In the fall he played in the Upper Midwest HS Elite League, where he produced eight points (5G, 3A) in seven games. USHR ranked him as Team Southwest's top player based on this scouting report: 1. Shane Gersich, F, 7/10/96 (Holy Family Catholic) 5-10/165 — Very well could be the top uncommitted college prospect in the country—and he’s only a sophomore! Our opinion of him is a bit skewed because we have seen him at his best. He sort of went through the motions here. Nonetheless, Gersich just has so much skill – an absolute stud. Played for Team USA at the Five Nations tournament and led the team in scoring. Was outstanding at the Select 16 Festival over the summer. As a freshman last season. Gersich posted a 30-30-60 scoring line in just 21 games played. Might outgrow Minnesota high school hockey after this season and be forced to move on to the USHL or the NTDP.
  • He participated in USA Hockey's Select 15 Development camp in July of 2012 and was ranked USHR's No. 2 forward after leading the camp in scoring with 12 points (5G, 7A) in six games. Here's what USHR had to say about him: Shane Gersich (Kelly Green, 5GP 5-6-11) 5-11/170 — Was outstanding all week long. Led the camp in scoring and had at least one point in every game. Is the top uncommitted ’96 forward in the country. An excellent skater who is able to pick up steam with the puck on his stick, Gersich makes plays while accelerating and is very agile and tough to check. We do not know who is recruiting him (everyone perhaps?), but our guess is that the Holy Family Catholic High School product, who has All-America potential, ends up at Minnesota or North Dakota. In 21 games played last season, the Chaska, Minn. native put up a 30-30-60 scoring line. We can only imagine what he will do next season as a junior.  (NOTE: Should read sophomore, not junior)
  • As a freshman at Holy Family Catholic School he registered 60 points (30G, 30A) in 21 games, and his 30 goals led the team while his 60 scoring points were second most.
  • Following his freshman season, the Omaha Lancers made him the No. 1 overall selection in the USHL's 2012 Futures Draft.
  • In January of 2012 he participated in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, where he was a teammate of fellow North Dakota recruit Nick Schmaltz. He produced four points (3G, 1A) in six tournament games. 
  • In July of 2011 he attended USA Hockey's Select 15 Development Camp, where he was USHR's No. 8 rated forward after producing seven points (3G, 4A) in five games: 8. Shane Gersich (#12 Red) 5-11/163 – 3-4-7 – Really good hands and a keen sense of the game. Is strong on the puck, and has a nice shot -- really snaps it off. Plays for Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, Minn. The school, which is about 25 miles southwest of Minneapolis), is moving from A to AA this season, at least in part because of the presence of Gersich.
  • As a Holy Family Catholic School 8th grader he finished second on the team with 41 points (16G, 25A) in 25 games.

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