MENOMONIE, Wis. – The pipeline between the North Iowa Bulls and the University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils has never been stronger than it is right now. Now, with six former Bulls already on the Blue Devil roster, that pipeline is about to get even stronger.
North Iowa forward Peter Verstegen has committed to the Wisconsin-Stout program, announcing his decision Thursday. He’ll join six players with North Iowa experience on the Blue Devil roster next season. Four of those players came to Menomonie directly from the Bulls, while two others played for other NA3HL teams before playing for Wisconsin-Stout.
The Oshkosh, Wisconsin native has been a fan favorite for his presence on and off the ice during his two years with the Bulls. Off the ice, Verstegen has cemented his place as a leader in the locker room, as one of North Iowa’s three co-captains.
On the ice, he has let his play do all the talking, totaling 85 points in 92 regular-season games. His 30 goals this season was good for the team lead, and his 54 points tied for second. He is one of 10 players to notch a 30-goal season in a Bulls uniform. He was also one of a contingent of five Bulls invited to take part in this season’s NA3HL Top Prospects event in Attleboro, Massachusetts last month.
The Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils closed this past season at 13-12-2, their first winning record in eight years. Former Bulls goaltender Tommi Ahlgren represented North Iowa on the all-conference list, earning honorable-mention all-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference recognition.
More than 100 players have gone on to college programs after suiting up for the North Iowa Bulls, including more than 70 players who committed directly to college programs while with the Bulls. Verstegen is the third North Iowa player this season to announce his commitment to a college program.
The North Iowa Bulls congratulate Peter Verstegen on his commitment to the NCAA Division III hockey program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and wish him the best in his future with the Blue Devils.