HOCKEY. Michael La Starza has made his choice.
The 16-year-old star forward, whose rights belong to the Drummondville Voltigeurs, has made a commitment to the Boston University Terriers, who play in the first division of the National Association of American University Sports (NCAA).
According to his agent Allan Walsh, La Starza had been courted by no less than 19 American universities in recent months. The young Montreal sensation dominated during the last campaign in the prestigious program Shattuck St-Mary’s, Minnesota.
“I am proud and honored to announce my commitment to play with Boston University. I want to thank my parents, my coaches and everyone who helped me along the way, ”La Starza wrote on her Twitter account.
The agreement between La Starza and the Terriers will take off during the 2022-2023 campaign. Next season, the 5-foot, 10-inch, 170-pound left winger is expected to play with the Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL. He will become eligible for the National Hockey League draft in 2022.
La Starza was a seventh-round pick (125e rank in total) of the Voltigeurs during the last draft of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The young striker was classified in 10e position of the best prospects according to the recruiting center of the circuit. Philippe Boucher did not hide that it was a real roll of the dice.
“He’s an exceptional player. If he decides to play in the QMJHL one day, it will go through Drummondville. It’s a long-term plan. We don’t expect to see him here next season ”, explained the general manager of the Voltigeurs.
Last season, Michael La Starza totaled 66 points (24 goals, 42 assists) in 45 games. Last month, he was invited to participate in Hockey Canada’s Under-17 Virtual Development Camp.
I am proud and honoured to announce my commitment to play D1 college hockey at Boston University. I would like to thank my parents, coaches and everyone who has helped me along the way.#goterriers pic.twitter.com/AgtxYK4vga
— michael La Starza (@Michaellastarza) August 5, 2020