Eric Scheid has committed to play college hockey next season at Penn State University. Click here to read the tweet.
Scheid becomes the first player in Lincoln Stars franchise history to commit to Penn State University's newly fledged Division 1 hockey program.
Click here to read more about Scheid's commitment from the "Thank You Terry" Penn State hockey blog. Click here to read an article from the Western College Hockey Blog.
Through 13 games for the Stars this season, Scheid has accumulated 14 points (7g, 7a) and is +15. Eric's plus/minus rating of +15 leads the entire USHL. Without a doubt, Eric is a big reason why the Stars started the season with a ten-game winning streak and have been at the top or near the top of the USHL western conference standings.
This is Eric's second season in Lincoln, as the native of Coon Rapids, MN played the 2010-11 USHL campaign with the Stars. During that season, Eric scored 36 points (15g, 21a) in 57 games before committing to play college hockey for the University of Alaska-Anchorage.
After leaving Lincoln at the end of the 2010-11 season, Scheid played one season at UAA before deciding that he wanted to make a change to a different school. Eric left UAA after his freshman campaign and came back to Lincoln to play one last season of USHL hockey. Because he played one season of collegiate hockey with UAA, Scheid will begin at Penn State in 2013 as a sophomore.
As I mentioned above, Eric becomes the first player from the Lincoln Stars to ever commit to the Penn State University hockey program. Thanks to billionaire Terry Pegula, a PSU grad, an 88 million dollar donation was made in 2010 to construct a new hockey arena for both the mens and womens Penn State hockey programs. Later in 2010, it was announced that Penn State would move from club hockey status to NCAA Division 1, starting the 2012-13 season. The Penn State mens and womens hockey teams both operate as independent clubs this season.
Beginning the 2013-14 season, Penn State will join five other Big Ten schools to form the inaugural Big Ten Hockey Conference. Their new 88 million dollar arena will also be open beginning next season. Although they may be the new kids on the block, there is obviously a lot of money being funneled into the hockey programs at Penn State, which is very exciting if you're a Penn State hockey fan or a PSU player.
Congrats to Eric! Very well deserved.