Thursday, April 30, 2009

Marquette's Partacz makes D-III choice

Former Marquette Rangers forward Dustin Partacz has committed to play college hockey next season at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis.

The Falcons are a member of the NCAA Division III Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association and are coached by former University of North Dakota forward and Hobey Baker Award winner Tony Hrkac.

“It’s been a great experience,” Patracz said of the recruiting process. “I have grown from it as a person and I’m excited to finally find a school where I can play hockey, hit the books and move on to the next chapter of my life. I really enjoyed my time in Marquette and I’m grateful to the organization for three great years.”

Partacz hopes to major in Radiology while at Concordia.

The Naperville, Ill., native played three seasons in Marquette and was a member of the original roster when the team was formed in 2006. He concluded his junior career second on the all-time list for games played as a Ranger with 162, while adding 18 goals and 23 assists during his career.

Rangers head coach Kenny Miller said that although Partacz’s numbers may not turn too many heads, he’s grateful to have had him and his leadership in the lineup during this past season.

“Dustin is the ultimate team player,” said Miller. “Every coach should consider themself lucky if they are able to coach a player like Dustin once in their career. Our entire organization is happy for him and his family. He’s very deserving of this opportunity. Dustin is a first-class kid and I enjoyed coaching him very much this past season and he’ll do well at Concordia and as a young man in society.”

Partacz becomes the seventh player from the 2008-09 Rangers roster to commit to play college hockey.

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