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College Hockey Recruiting: Goaltender Drew Vogler Commits to Merrimack

Goaltender Drew Vogler is the second player from last year's Cleveland Barons U18 Team to commit to Merrimack.

Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy
Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy
Merrimack Athletics

Goaltender Drew Vogler has verbally committed to play for Merrimack College. The Florissant, Mo. native played last season for the Cleveland Barons U18 Midget Team with fellow Merrimack recruit Shawn Brennan.

Vogler was invited to the 2013 Warren Strelow Goaltending Camp, a mentoring program funded by USA Hockey for top American goalie prospects. Other goalies at this year's camp included Boston College incoming freshman Thatcher Demko, Boston College recruit Chris Birdsall and Denver incoming freshman Evan Cowley. In addition to his participation at the Strelow Goaltending Camp, Vogler also competed in this summer's USA Hockey Select-17 Festival in Rochester, NY.

Vogler's USHL rights are owned by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, a team with plenty of goaltending depth. Two other Hockey East commits, the aforementioned Birdsdall and New Hampshire recruit Danny Tirone, are on the Cedar Rapids protected list.

It is expected that Vogler will play for the Topeka RoadRunners in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) this season. Merrimack has three former RoadRunners on its roster currently in Rasmus Tirronen, Brian Christie and Justin Hussar. Vogler, a 1996-born prospect, is expected to arrive at Merrimack in the fall of 2015.

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Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.