TEMPE, Ariz. – John Studioso had a solid finish to 2017 as a member of the Everett Jr. Silvertips of the North American Prospects Hockey League, with five points in his last four games of the calendar year. With a cousin already on the ice in North Iowa, Bulls head coach Todd Sanden brought the younger Studioso out to Mason City to give him his first taste of junior hockey.
Three games and as many points later, he’d earned himself a recall to the Bulls in 2018, with a permanent spot on the team by the end of January. His 2017-18 campaign has now earned him more than that, with Studioso committing this weekend to the Division I ACHA program at Arizona State University.
The Edmonds, Washington native added six more points after his return to the Bulls, including a second-period power play goal against St. Louis on February 17. That was his only goal of 2018, but it was a big one, sparking North Iowa to a 4-3 comeback victory in overtime.
His playoff showing was impressive as well, scoring a power play goal against Wausau in the Bulls’ first-round Central Division playoff series and adding an assist in Game 2 of the division finals against La Crosse.
He becomes the second Bulls player in as many years to commit to the ACHA Division I program at Arizona State. Owen Larson made an immediate impact for the Sun Devils this past season, tallying 23 points in 31 games. Larson spent time with the North American Hockey League’s Minot Minotauros and Minnesota Magicians in 2015-16 before spending the next season-and-a-half with the Bulls and winning a Silver Cup national championship in 2016.
Almost 70 North Iowa Bulls players have made college commitments in the program’s seven-year history, including seven former Bulls who landed in NCAA Division I programs. Older cousin Brendan Studioso is likely to add to that list in the near future after signing an NAHL tender with the Minnesota Wilderness this past season.
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