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Wisconsin women's hockey: Presley Norby, Kyleigh Hanzlik give verbal commitments

Wisconsin received two big commitments as Presley Norby and Kyleigh Hanzlik recently gave verbal pledges to Mark Johnson and the Badgers.

Mark Johnson has had a big week on the recruiting trail, landing two premier prospects.
Mark Johnson has had a big week on the recruiting trail, landing two premier prospects.
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Always looking ahead to the future, Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson secured commitments from two major prospects over the past week.

Minnetonka (Minn.) forward Presley Norby announced her commitment on July 16, and four days later NAHA forward Kyleigh Hanzlik gave her verbal pledge to the Badgers.

Norby recently completed her sophomore season at Minnetonka High School where she led the Skippers in goals (14) and points (30) in 25 games. Norby added two goals and four points in two games in the section playoffs.

A native of Wisconsin Rapids, Hanzlik recorded 32 goals and 61 points at the NAHA hockey academy in Vermont this past season as a freshman.

Norby and Hanzlik both participated in the USA Hockey Girls' Select U-18 Festival in St. Cloud, Minn., July 9-15. Wisconsin came calling with offers for both shorty after the camp wrapped up and it didn't take either player much time to commit to the Badgers.

Hanzlik told the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune she also received interest from Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and North Dakota but an offer from the Badgers was too good to pass up.

"The school is good, the hockey program is one of the best in the country, and I've known the coaches for a while and they're easy to talk to," Hanzlik said.

Hanzlik is the first Wisconsin commitment for the class of 2017. Norby is the second player to give the Badgers a verbal for 2016, joining Hill-Murray High School defenseman Mekenzie Steffen.

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