By Randy Russon
The Soo Eagles of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that goaltender Chad Catt has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Michigan in the Big 10.
The 1994 birth-year, puck-stopping sensation led the Eagles to a third-place, regular-season finish in the North Division of the North American Hockey League after being acquired from the Aberdeen Wings at the February 6th trade deadline.
Catt (5’10/190) had a 7-4-3 record with a .920 save percentage and 2.25 goals against average after joining the Eagles from Aberdeen, where he had played parts of three NAHL seasons. Catt was selected to and played in the 2015 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Central Division team as he was originally selected for Aberdeen before the trade deadline.
A native of Williamstown, Michigan, Catt has carried his regular-season play into the playoffs. In a three-game, opening-round sweep of the Keystone Ice Miners, Catt stopped 104 of 106 shots for a .981 save percentage and 0.65 goals against average.
In getting an NCAA Division 1, Big 10 commitment to play at prestigious U of M, Catt’s hard work has paid off, according to Eagles coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo.
“I have been coaching a long time, 35 years now, and I have never had a goalie who has the work ethic and commitment to excellence that Chad has,” said Bragagnolo. “Not only is Chad a great goalie, he’s a great kid,” said Bragagnolo. “We couldn’t be happier for him.”
Catt has appeared in 89 career regular season games in three years. He posted a career record of 42-36-9, a career goals against average of 2.48 and a career save percentage of 92.2%. 71 of his 89 career regular season games were played with the Aberdeen Wings.