Wisconsin hockey coach Mike Eaves has his first verbal commitment of the Badgers' 2006 recruiting class in forward Zach Bearson.
Bearson, a 6-foot-2, 190 pound 17-year-old from Naperville, Ill., is currently with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League, which won its first tier one national championship last season. In the Black Hawks' championship run, Bearson had 23 points on 11 goals and 12 assists in 62 regular-season and playoff games.
Bearson also competed on the 2003 U.S. Under-17 team, which won a gold medal at the Five Nations Tournament in Slovakia.
"We are always happy when a player commits and Zach has definitely earned his chance to play for Wisconsin," Black Hawks head coach P.K. O'Handley said in a press release.
Bearson is the 11th Black Hawk from the 2004 championship team to commit to a university. When he arrives in Madison, he will be reunited with former Waterloo teammate Joe Pavelski, who will join the Badgers this fall.
Badgers receive hockey commit for 2006
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