Former Ogden Mustangs defenseman and team captain Nick Frankich has committed to New England College for the 2017-18 season.
Frankich is the seventh Mustang from last season with an NCAA commitment. The seven placements are a new single-season franchise high.
The move continues a pipeline of players heading from the Mustangs to the Pilgrims. Headlining the former Mustangs at NEC are the Zöllner brothers. This past season, Andreas Zöllner was second overall in NEC team scoring with 27 points in 27 games as a sophomore. In his freshman campaign last season, former Mustang Adam Zöllner was fourth in team scoring with 22 points in 27 games. Former Mustang goaltender Christoffer Sjöö also joined the team last season, working his way up the depth chart as a freshman in limited playing time.
“It has been my dream to play college hockey ever since I was a kid,” Frankich said. “NEC seems like the perfect fit for me and my style of play, and with being good friends with the Zöllners and Sjöö, it should be a very good transition into NCAA hockey.”
Frankich — a 5-foot-11-inch, 181-pound Clearwater, Fla. native — joined the Mustangs halfway through the 2015-16 season. He made an immediate impact. His first career goal came in his fourth game, right off of a faceoff with six seconds left in the game, on the road in Casper for the game winner. In total, he registered 19 goals and 56 assists in 79 career games with Ogden. His 75 career points are the second most in franchise history by a defenseman. His name is listed 10 other times among the Ogden Mustangs all-time statistical leaders.
While Frankich’s offensive contributions from the back end were statistically significant, it was his intensity and physicality that provided key additions off the scoresheet and made him a fan favorite. He’ll especially be remembered for turning Ogden into Hip Check City.
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“My time in Ogden is one that I will remember for the rest of my life,” Frankich said. “The Mustangs have shaped me into the person and player that I am today, and I am very grateful for that.”
New England College is located in Henniker, New Hampshire and competes in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) of the NCAA.
The Mustangs had five players move on to the NCAA last season, six players the season before and five before that. They’ve had the highest NCAA placement rate in the Western States Hockey League. You can read more more about current Mustang alumni in our 2016-17 midseason alumni update.
As the seventh Mustang to have an official commitment from the 2016-17 team, Frankich joins the company of Brandon Barillaro (University of Wisconsin-Superior), Henrik Axelsson (Plymouth State University), Austin Shea (St. Mary’s University of Minnesota), Montell Greene (New England College, NCAA), Max Dorfman (Johnson & Wales University, NCAA) and Chandler Watson (Milwaukee School of Engineering, NCAA).