New Hockey Recruit Seamus Malone Talks Badger Commitment

Chicago Mission forward Seamus Malone is the Badgers first commit for the 2015 recruiting class.

With the Wisconsin hockey season now two weeks removed from its conclusion, it's that time of the year for coaches Mike Eaves, Bill Butters, and Gary Shuchuk to be in full time recruiting mode.

The staff received a special gift for their efforts recently, as one of the top 1996 born players in the country, Seamus Malone from the Chicago Mission U16 program made the University of Wisconsin his college choice.

Malone, who is Wisconsin's first verbal commit for the class of 2015 talked about why he made the decision to become a Badger.

"It goes without saying that Wisconsin is a top-notch school. But for me, the hockey staff was my primary motivation," Malone told Bucky's 5th Quarter over the weekend.

"I truly believe they can take my hockey skills to the next level and mold me into a premier player. Plus the facilities are state-of-the art."

Of course the facilities that Malone is referring to is the 15,000 seat Kohl Center where Wisconsin has led the nation in attendance for the past 14 seasons, and the brand new LaBahn Arena practice facility set to open next fall.

Malone, who also considered Ohio State, Colorado College, Western Michigan, and Yale has been to Madison numerous times for hockey games, but said he felt at home on his unofficial campus visit last fall.

"I took an unofficial visit in October to meet the coaching staff and toured the campus and facilities. It felt right."

The 5'9, 160 pound center isn't the only future Badger playing for that Chicago Mission club this season. Defenseman Jake Linhart gave his oral pledge to Mike Eaves last fall for the class of 2014. Malone noted that he's looking forward to playing with Linhart as they continue their hockey careers.

"Jake (Linhart) is great friend of mine. We've played together for several years. I look forward to playing with him at Wisconsin. He's one of the top defensive players in our age group," Malone noted.

The Chicago Mission club that Linhart and Malone play for is ultra-talented. Including their college commitments, the under 16 team has four players committed to play at major division one universities. The other two are forwards Anders Bjork (Notre Dame), and Nick Schmaltz (North Dakota).

Their club is currently in a quest for a USA Hockey national championship. The Mission breezed through local tournaments in Illinois and at the Central District regionals, and will kick off the Tier 1 USA Hockey national tournament this upcoming Wednesday in Williamsville, New York.

The Mission, who are ranked #1 in the country by myhockeyrankings.com are obviously one of the favorites this week, and Malone noted that they expect to contend for the title.

"We had a great experience last year finishing second with basically the same core players. Our expectations are high to do well."

In 28 league games this season for the Mission in the High Performance Hockey League, Malone has recorded 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 points.

With any talented young player, the Canadian Hockey League is always in play. Malone noted to us that while he'll certainly have opportunities, his family understands the importance of education.

"Of course it's an option, but education has always been a priority for my family," Malone said. "My oldest sister graduated from Illinois and Loyola Law School. My second sister graduated from Indiana."

Where Malone plays hockey for the next few seasons before joining the Badgers in the fall of 2015 is up in the air at this point. The young center recently returned from Ann Arbor where he participated in the USA National Team Development Program tryouts.

The tryouts are one of many tools used by USA Hockey to select the U17 National Team.

Malone noted that he would certainly consider joining the NTDP if they made an offer, but also noted that his other options include returning to the Mission next season, or possibly jumping to the USHL. Malone will be eligible for the USHL Futures Draft in May.

On video Malone looks every bit the part of what Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves looks for in a recruit. Asked to describe his style of play, Malone detailed almost to a 'T' what it means to be a Wisconsin hockey player.

"I pride myself in being a 2-way player. I play both ends of the ice. I can be a play-maker and a goal scorer. I'm a hard working leader, and a good teammate."

Sounds like a Badger to me.

Wisconsin Committed Recruits
Player
Team
Position
Arrival
Size
DOB
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Grant Besse
Benilde-St. Margaret's
F
2014
5'10, 175
7-14-1994
31
52
41
93

Team Northwest**




24
17
18
35
Tim Davison
Notre Dame Academy**
D
2013
5'10, 169
3-2-1994
30
13
38
51

Team Wisconsin**




21
1
11
12

Chicago Steel (USHL)




2
1
0
1
Nicolas Kerdiles
USA NTDP U18
F
2012
6'1, 194
1-11-1994
47
17
21
38
Jake Linhart
Chicago Mission U16
D
2014
5'10, 160
1-17-1996
29
4
10
14
Seamus Malone
Chicago Mission U16
F
2015
5'9, 160
5-6-1996
28
13
20
33
Corbin McGuire
Springfield (EJHL)**
F
2013
5'8, 185
3-2-1994
11
4
2
6

Jersey (EJHL)




40
5
13
18
Kevin Schulze
Muskegon (USHL)**
D
2012
5'9, 155
4-29-1993
8
0
6
6

Omaha (USHL)




45
1
19
20
Eddie Wittchow
Waterloo (USHL)
D
2012
6'4, 200
10-31-1992
53
5
11
16
Morgan Zulinick
Salmon Arm (BCHL)
C
2012
5'11, 185
6-29-1994
57
24
42
66
Wisconsin Committed Recruits (Goalies)
Player
Team
Position
Arrival
Size
DOB
Record
GAA
Save %
SO
Gabe Grunwald
Michigan (NAHL)**
G
2013
6'3, 190
3-15-1993
0-4
4.56
.871
0

Kenai River (NAHL)




1-1
3.14
.896
0

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