Meijer AAA 16U forward Piku makes NCAA DI commitment
January 4, 2019
The Meijer AAA organization of the NAPHL is pleased to announce that 16U forward Branden Piku has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Lake Superior State in the WCHA.
Piku, 16, has already had a viral video moment on the season during an NAPHL event in September. He currently has 18 points in 26 games for Meijer this season, which includes seven points in 12 NAPHL games.
The 5’7/145 lbs. native of St. Clair, Michigan spent 2017-18 playing for the St. Clair Shores Saints 16U team before joining Meijer in the NAPHL this year. The calendar had yet to turn to October before he registered this highlight-reel goal with his new team.
“I chose LSSU because it’s really unique,” Piku told MiHockey. “It’s a fairly small school, which I think is a good thing because it allows you to create a strong relationship with your teachers, classmates, and teammates. Also, the coaching staff is outstanding. They’re great coaches as well as great people, and they’re not just about making you a good hockey player, but also a good person. The last reason I chose LSSU is their arena. I really felt at home there and I believe that’s the most important part.”
“I’m very excited and grateful to have this opportunity, it’s what I’ve always dreamed of. Go Lakers!”