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Czarnik Chooses USHL; Miami

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I think a lot of people were expecting Austin Czarnik to choose to play for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL next season, since he still had one more year before he would be eligible for college and he had yet to make another college commitment since de-committing from Michigan State.

But today I've received word that Czarnik will play next season for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL, the USHL's defending champs, and then start his college career the following season with Miami University.

It seems like a wise move on Czarnik's part. He scored a lot of goals for the NTDP over the past two years, but with his lack of size, he's likely a longshot for much of an NHL career. This way he'll get to take his shot at pro hockey with an insurance policy of having a great education already under his belt.