Steel duo of Baribeau and Johnson make NCAA commitments
May 21, 2019
The New Ulm Steel is proud to announce that goaltender Henry Baribeau has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for the University of St. Thomas and that forward Hunter Johnson has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Gustavus Adolphus College.
“I am excited to start my new chapter at St. Thomas while being able to continue my hockey career at a great university and get an education from a fantastic school,” Baribeau said.
Baribeau, a native of Hudson, Wisconsin, played one season with the Steel where he started in 35 games. He ended the season with a .892 save percentage and a 3.71 goals against average.
“I would like to thank the Steel organization and the Black family for putting me in a position to continue my hockey career at the college level. I want to thank all my teammates, coaches, and billet family in New Ulm. And lastly, I want to thank my family and friends for all they have done to further my hockey career,” Baribeau said.
Baribeau, 20, played for the NA3HL’s Wausau RiverWolves the season prior to the Steel where he also started in 35 games. He spent his high school hockey days at Hudson High School, earning a .939 save percentage and a 0.89 goals against average during his senior year.
Johnson, a native of Mankato, Minnesota, spent almost two seasons with the Steel after playing 22 games for the former NA3HL’s Jersey Shore Wildcats during the 2017-18 season. With the Steel, he tallied 20 goals and 30 assists in 75 games played.
“I’d like to thank the New Ulm Steel organization for all they did to help get me to the next level. Great coaching staff and always loved going to the rink and throwing on the Steel jersey. I will miss the team and all the guys next year but ready to get started with school and college hockey at Gustavus,” Johnson said.
Johnson, 20, spent his high school hockey days at Mankato East High School where he played in a total of 79 games, scoring 40 goals and tallying 55 assists.