May 11, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Another former member of the Corpus Christi IceRays has committed to play next season at the Division 1 level as Danny Fetzer will take to the ice beginning in the 2014-15 season with the Minnesota State University Mavericks in the WCHA.

“It's an unbelievable feeling,” said Fetzer, who was a member of the 2011-2012 IceRays squad.  “It's been a long ride through my junior hockey career and to say hard work pays off feels great I'm excited to get started.”

Following the season with the IceRays, he earned a tryout with his hometown Chicago Steel in the USHL where he spent the next two seasons.  With the Steel, he scored a total of 22 goals and 13 assists in 107 games played. 

“Corpus Christi really helped me get ready for the USHL and life,” said Fetzer. “It was the first time I was gone from home, and former coaches Quenneville, Bennett, and Mei along with all the front office people did a great job preparing me for how hard I was going to have to work to accomplish my dreams.”

In the 2011-2012 campaign with the IceRays, Fetzer tallied up eight goals and 13 assists in 52 games played.  He also racked up 89 minutes in penalties. 

“We are always very happy for any former IceRays players that get NCAA commitments,” said IceRays general manager Pat Dunn.  In the case of Danny you know his hard work and dedication to the game is what got him a scholarship. Congratulations to a nice a young man who knew how to represent his team on and off the ice. On behalf of the IceRays organization, we want to wish Danny the best of luck with his new team as he follows his dream.”

The attraction to Minnesota State University in Mankato was the rise that the hockey program made this past season along with the academic side as well.

“Mankato's coaching staff and players really attracted me,” finished Fetzer.  “The school is a great school and the program is on the up rise but after getting to know the coaches and the players I knew it was the place for me.”

This season, the Mavericks finished second in the WCHA with an overall record of 26-14-1 and conference record of 20-7-1. 

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