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Wisconsin hockey recruiting: British Columbia forward Kohen Olischefski commits

Yale Hockey Academy Prep center Kohen Olischefski is the fourth 1998-born forward to give a verbal commitment to Wisconsin.














Yale Hockey Academy Prep

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Wisconsin added to its future stable of players on Wednesday night when the Badgers received a commitment from forward Kohen Olischefski.

A 6-foot-1, 164-pound center who skates for the Yale Hockey Academy Prep team in British Columbia, Olischefski leads his team in goals (29), assists (41) and points (70) in just 27 games in Canadian Sport School Hockey League play. Olischefski also leads the league in assists and points and is second in goals.

During the 2013-14 season, Olischefski tied for the Elite 15s Division scoring title with 36 points (11-25-36) in 24 games, while also being named the Most Valuable Player in the division.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Olischefski also visited Notre Dame, North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth.

"Kohen has been a stalwart leader on this team and a huge ambassador for the program," said Billy Wilms, Executive Director of the Yale Hockey Academy. "His commitment to our team and program is as high as his commitment to becoming a scholar. We are so proud of him and equally as proud of all our athletes."

Olischefski was a member of the Yale team that won the 2014 Bauer World Invitational tournament in Chicago this past fall. I happened to be in attendance for the tournament, and Olischefski and his Yale teammates were the talk of the town, defeating multiple high-profile U16 teams from the United States en route to the title.

An excellent student with a 3.8 grade point average, Olischefski lists earning a degree while playing the highest level of hockey possible as his future hockey goal in his team bio. In that same bio Olischefski is asked what one word describes him best as a hockey player. His answer? Smart.

Expected to play in the BCHL for the next two seasons with the Chilliwack Chiefs, Olischefski is a goal-scoring threat anytime he's on the ice. Olischefski loves to carry speed through the neutral zone and has the tenacity to be a solid contributor down the road for Wisconsin.

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