Leadership Development Fund
The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings have established a Leadership Development Fund. We are seeking $100,000 from angel donors who want to sponsor one or more players with their season dues through this fund. There are some amazing young men that deserve the chance to play junior hockey who have big dreams, amazing skills – and character and passion – but lack the economic ability due to family life constraints. If you would like to donate to help sponsor a player, please know you will be forever impacting these young men you assist financially. Thank you!
RIVERKINGS COMMITMENTS AND ADVANCEMENTS 2020-2021
The 20-year-old native of Williamston, Mich., played youth hockey in the Lansing and Grand Rapids areas before bantam and midget seasons with some of the country’s most well known and prestigious AAA squads in the Motor City area.
He started his junior career in 2019-20. Congratulations Nathan!
#USPHLCommitments: Luke Hartge was an All-Star winger for the Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings Junior A Hockey squad, and has parlayed his success there into an NCAA Hockey college commitment to Northland College. Congratulations and best of luck to Luke!
The Riverkings are very excited to announce that Trenton Skaggs (Oconomowac, WI) signs with the Twin City Thunder in the NCDC. As a Riverking, he was the leading scoring 02’ defenseman in the USPHL as tallied 48 points in 42 games.
RIVERKINGS COMMITMENTS AND ADVANCEMENTS 2019-2020
Congratulations to Anze Prostor for being drafted to the Boston Advantage in the 2020 NCDC Entry Draft!!
• Anze is a big and strong forward from Slovenia. This last winter Anze played for the @wrriverkings and represented his country in the IIHF U20 World Junior tournament. All of his hard work and dedication is now paying off! We are very excited to watch Anze play in the NCDC (Tier 2) this next season. #thejourneycontinues #usphl #ncdc #ncaahockey #slovenia
We are extremely proud to announce that second year Riverking Jered Stevenson commits to Lebanon Valley College NCAA D3. The Stockton CA. native scored 25 goals, and 22 assist in 36 games. Jered averaged a 1.34 Pt/G and helped lead the Riverkings to 2nd place in the USPHL Midwest Premier division. Congratulations Jered on making your college choice. LVC is getting a great student athlete and we are excited to see what the future holds for Jered! Ast. Coach Roeder said ” Jered had a great season this year as he lead the team on and off the ice as a returner and a assistant captain! Jered lead on the ice with his play as a he was a offensive threat leading the team in goals and points per game! Off ice Jered was leading as he helped in the community and in the weight room spending a lot of time doing extra workouts with teammates! We wish him the best in his next adventure in college as he will succeed in the class room with his work ethic on ice as his speed and offensive ability will transfer over to the NCAA level” Good luck Jered!
Congratulations to Markus Cook on committing to the power house Elmira College (NCAA D3)
. Markus registered 43 points in 41 games last season for the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings and this season already has 16 points in 9 games played for the Boston Junior Rangers.
We would like to wish Markus the best of luck as he finishes out his 20 year old season of Junior hockey and continues on the path to play NCAA hockey!!
#ncaahockey #juniorhockey #thejourneycontinues
Matt Server commits to Ohio University for 2020-21. Server has had an outstanding season with 14 wins and 5 losses, a 1.99 GA and .919 SV, along with 3 shut outs and resides in the top ten of goalies in the USPHL Premier. Coach Quarters said: “Matt had a great season on the ice for us and was outstanding in our community as he headed up our field trips and spent numerous hours volunteering in the area. Ohio University is getting a top student athlete in Matt because not only will he succeed on the ice but he will also be a top student in the classroom and on campus”.
Congratulations Matt on earning this great opportunity!
Building hockey up and down the river
RIVERKINGS COMMITMENTS AND ADVANCEMENTS 2018-2019
RIVERKINGS COMMITMENTS AND ADVANCEMENTS 2017-2018
Riverkings are proud to announce the advancement of forward Olathe KS native Zach Curry from last years team. Zach joined the Riverkings just before winter break and played a big role in helping the Riverkings finish strong after break with the team going 13-3 and in the process locking up 2nd place to secure home ice in the playoffs and advancing to Nationals. Congratulations Zach, hard work does payoff!!!
Former Riverkings begin their student/athlete careers in college
Five former Riverkings headed off to college this year! Jake Gaydos at SUNY Cortland and his defensive line buddy Brett DeLaat from the Riverkings is playing for Aurora University. Tom McManus, also a former defenseman, playing for the Blue Devils at University of Wisconsin-Stout. And former forwards Austyn Quarters and Adam Peterson playing at Robert Morris College also pictured with Jake Nitsche who formerly played at Marian University and is now continuing his career at Robert Morris alongside Austyn and Adam. And former goalie, Eric Schuette plays at Concordia University! We wish you all a successful year and career in college! #alums
Riverkings Defenseman Brett DeLaat has committed to play next year and attend school at Aurora University NCAA D3. DeLaat is coming off a breakout season for the Riverkings having produced 42 points in 44 games and playing important minutes. The 6’3” 205lbs Kenosha WI native is not only a top player Brett is also an outstanding student with 4.3 GPA and was a team captain and was awarded Top Defenseman and most improved. Brett is a player with lots of upside because of his size, skating ability, and work ethic. He will joining an up and coming program led by former USPHL coach, Jason Bloomingburg.
The Riverkings are proud of Brett and excited to watch his progress at the NCAA level.
Riverkings Goalie Erik Schuette has committed to play and attend school at Concordia University Wisconsin. Erik led the Midwest West with 17 wins and 5 shutouts and helped the Riverkings finish in second place.
Last year Schuette was goalie of the year and a finalist for player of the year. Schuette is not only a top performer on the ice, he is also an outstanding student who carries a 5.0 GPA 30 ACT and was his High Schools top student.
Erik had multiple schools interested, but Concordia checked off all his boxes. It offers the degree he is interested in, location, school size, strong coaching staff and a nationally ranked NCAA hockey program that is on the rise.
The Riverkings are honored and excited for Erik and looking forward to all of his future successes as a student athlete.
On Wednesday, Robert Morris University-Illinois Head Coach Chico Adrahtas announced the committment of Adam Peterson, a 6’1, 190lb forward from the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings of the U.S. Premier Hockey League.
Peterson was the leading scorer for the Riverkings and will join linemate Austyn Quarters as part of the Eagles incoming freshman class.
“The coaching staff identified Adam as a player we needed too have,” said Robert Morris Director of Hockey Operations, Mason Riley. “Adam is well-rounded and the most complete player we scouted all year. He brings a physical presence to every shift and is a legitamate scoring threat.”
The Chicago native scored 26 goals in 2017-18 and his 53 points were second only to Quarters. The future Eagles comprised two-thirds of one of the USPHL’s most dynamic scoring lines and also served as captains for the Riverkings.
“I’m excited to attend Robert Morris University for both the academic and athletic programs they offer,” noted Peterson. “The fact that my linemate is playing there is a huge plus. I would like to thank Wisconsin Head Coach Marty Quarters and all of my coaches for helping me get to this level.”
RIVERKINGS COMMITMENTS AND ADVANCEMENTS 2014-2015
The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings are pleased to announce that leading scorer Tyler Harkins was recently called up to the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. Harkins is a proven goal scorer, able to notch 35 goals in just 31 games. With an even more impressive league record 12 game winning goals, it proves that he is able to score under pressure. Tyler comes from a rich tradition of hockey. His father, Don Harkins, played at Miami (Ohio) University, and is now the head scout for the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. Two of his uncles are former NHL players, and his cousin, Jansen Harkins, is sure to go as a 1st round draft pick in the NHL this year.
Don Harkins explains, “I sent Tyler to play for Coach Quarters. We have been friends for many years, and I know he is a great coach. I knew he would develop Tyler both on and off the ice, and that was important to me. It’s worked out great and has afforded Tyler this new opportunity to further develop as a hockey player and person, and we are grateful to Coach Quarters, the Wilkens (host family), and the entire Riverkings organization and family.”
Coach Quarters is extremely proud and excited for Harkins’ new opportunity. When asked about Tyler’s accomplishments, Coach Quarters said, “The Riverkings are excited and happy for Tyler’s new opportunity. Having known Tyler for almost all his life, we had a good idea of what we needed to work on to get Tyler to the next level. As a coach, I always knew Tyler could score goals and find his way to the front of the net. Playing junior hockey is an opportunity, and Tyler has made the most of his by working on his weaknesses. When he needed to improve on his skating and his strength, he put in extra time at the gym and on the ice to accomplish his goals. The Riverkings organization wants to wish Tyler the best of luck in the BCHL and in following his family’s footsteps of playing college hockey.”
When we asked some of the players about Harkins moving up, they were both happy and sad.
“Harkins was such a great leader. He never got too high, he never got to low, he was a machine. He was always able to find the back of the net, and I could always count on him to make plays when he had the puck on his stick.” said assistant captain and defenseman Blake Anderson. When asked about what this meant for the team moving forward, he commented, “It’s going to be tough moving forward without our leading goal scorer, but we have a great group of guys and I think this has motivated each of us to become a better player. I mean, this is why we came to the Riverkings, to move on to the next level. With Harkins getting this opportunity, it really just makes us all excited for the future.”
The Riverkings mission is to promote the personal character and athletic development of those players who wish to excel at the highest level of hockey competition. Harkins moving on to the BCHL helps us reach our goal of striving to provide hockey players an opportunity of a lifetime.
Building Hockey Up and Down the River!
Congratulations to Jake Nitsche on his advancement to Tier II Amarillo Bulls in the NAHL. We just found out yesterday (7.19.15). Jake has worked so hard for this and it is well deserved. The Riverkings have set the bar for other programs by advancing players to the BCJHL, NAHL, NCAA DIII, and ACHA.
Jake also earned February MnJHL Player of the Month ! Jake ended the regular season with 21G & 26A for 47 points.
– Building Hockey Up and Down the River
The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings are pleased to announce the commitment of Tyler Martz to Northern Michigan University (ACHA). Martz ranks league top ten in wins (9), 8th in save percentage (.912) and 9th with a 2.63 gaa among goaltenders with over 500 minutes. In his third season in the MnJHL, Martz played his 2012 & 2013 seasons with the now dormant Ft Wayne Federals. Currently on a five game win streak, Martz is out to his best season yet. Northern Michigan University ranks #10 in ACHA D-2 Hockey and currently rosters the 2013-14 MnJHL goal leader Dallas McLaughlin (Marquette Royales).
The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings are proud to announce the commitment of 2nd year defenseman Dave Landau to Morrisville State University NCAA D3. To date, Landau logged 23 goals and 34 assists in 37 games played, including three game winners. His 57 points ranks twelfth overall in the league and third among defensemen. Averaging 1.54 points per game, the Connecticut native surpassed his 2013-14 stats (43gp, 14g, 20a, 2gw) before the holiday break. Currently riding a six game point streak, Landau earned a point in nine of his last ten divisional games, with seven multi point efforts in that span. Landau is the fourth MnJHL player to commit to Morrisville for the 2015-16 season.
The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings are proud to announce the commitment of Collin Plitt to the University of Wyoming. Plitt logged nine goals and eleven assists this season as well as one game winner, averaging .50 points per game. The 6’0 190lb forward tallied a point in six of his last ten games, with four multi point efforts in that span.
SAINTS PLAYER COMMITMENTS 2013-2014
Saints Goalie Dax Deadrick commits to attend and play at Williston State, ND. Just a goalie from Butte Montana with a dream to play pro hockey, you have worked long & hard and this is the next step along the way.. Way to go Dax!
Congratulations to Saints Joey Caprio (94 D Chicago IL) committing to University of Illinois ACHA D1 for next season. Great job, Joey, the fighting Illini are getting a great player and outstanding young man!
93 Forward from Berkley MI, Alex Gregorich commits to Indiana Tech ACHA D1! Alex had to overcome 2 serious injuries, but because of hard work and perserverance, his dream of playing college hockey has become a reality.
Congratulation to Saints D-man Chance Creger on committing to The Milwaukee School of Engineering for this fall. Well earned Chance!