Duluth East senior defenseman Luke LaMaster has made a verbal commitment to play Division I hockey for the University of Wisconsin, he announced Tuesday night via his Twitter account.
Along what he calls a long recruiting process, LaMaster says Wisconsin continually jumped off the page as the right decision.
"I really like the coaching staff and the city. I went on a tour, and I really liked it. It seemed like the right place for me," he said. "I'm a two-way defenseman, and I like to make stuff happen in the offensive zone. I think it's a perfect place for me."
LaMaster scored six goals and had 10 assists last season as a junior, helping the Greyhounds reach the Section 7AA championship game.
He'll be the first Northland native to play for the Badgers since Hayward, Wis. native Podge Turnbull (2007-11) and the first Duluthian since Ross Carlson (2003-07).
LaMaster will be expected to join Wisconsin in either the 2018-19 or 2019-20 season.