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Badgers receive verbal commitment from Burnsville forward Brock Boeser

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Wisconsin lands a commitment from one of the top 1997-born forwards in the United States, Brock Boeser from Burnsville, Minn.

Burnsville high school forward Brock Boeser takes a shot on goal vs. Hill Murray last season.
Burnsville high school forward Brock Boeser takes a shot on goal vs. Hill Murray last season.

The Minnesota city of Burnsville has always been good to the Badgers. Most recently, players like Tyler Barnes and Eddie Wittchow have made successful journeys from the Blaze hockey program to Wisconsin. Going further back, Dan Boeser and Mark Osiecki were elite players from the Twin Cities suburb who ended up in Madison.

Wisconsin struck again in Burnsville Monday, landing a commitment from Boeser's younger cousin, Brock.

As a sophomore forward for Burnsville last season, Boeser registered 12 goals and 34 points in just 19 games for the Blaze. Boeser teamed up with Cole Borchardt and Ohio State commit Tyler Sheehy to form one of the top lines in Minnesota last year.

Boeser's older cousin, Dan, played at Wisconsin from 2000-04 and was a tri-captain his senior season. Dan Boeser's tenure included two seasons under current Badgers' head coach Mike Eaves, who took over the program before the 2002-03 season.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Brock Boeser is one of the top 1997-born players in the United States, and was was recently invited to the USA Hockey Select 16 festival that will take place in Williamsville, N.Y., in July. Boeser was also recently selected as the No. 2 overall pick by the Sioux City Musketeers in the USHL Phase I draft for 1997-born players.

"(Boeser) is a power forward with good skills," Sioux City assistant coach Keith Paulsen said after the draft. "He's got a quick release and can score when it counts."

MNHockeyProspects.com describes Boeser as "A very intense player that possesses great size and skill to match." They went on to add, "the sky is the limit for Boeser, as his skating and hands have improved a great deal throughout the year."

In addition to Wisconsin, Boeser also visited Minnesota and Michigan. Boeser was also recruited by Ohio State before head coach Mark Osiecki was fired in April.

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