Rochester Hills, MI- Oakland ACHA DI Hockey general manager Corey Hagood is pleased to announce that forward Stefano Mini has committed to Oakland. Mini comes to Oakland from the Detroit Fighting Irish (USPHL Premier) where he scored 10 goals and 12 assists.
“I chose to commit to Oakland because it seemed like the only answer that felt right and that I’d be happy with.” Mini stated. “After skating a couple of times, the team seems great. I’ve heard lots of only good things about the school, the campus, the hockey team, and lots of things that help sway my answer. As to a different school, OU seems like the only right choice.”
Mini will bring effort and energy to the Oakland lineup. “You can expect 100% effort and energy every second on and off the ice. (I’m) not scared to take a hit or to get hit either. (I’m) a grinder that’s going to get the team the energy they need.” Mini added.
“It’s huge for me” Mini said about committing to a program with a rich history and tradition of Oakland. “This is a huge step for me, and I plan to give OU everything I can.”
Stefano will be the second member of the Mini family to play for Oakland, his brother Gino played from 2016-2019 before signing a contract in the FPHL, where he still plays today for the Port Huron Prowlers. “Gino was a big help in the sway of my decision, he’s always been a role model for me, he’s talked very highly of the school, and hockey program.” Mini said
” Putting on the same sweater as my brother is something I haven’t done yet; this is going to be a huge boost in my game considering I’m going to try and top whatever he’s done.”
Mini will be studying Business while at Oakland.
“I’ve watched Mini play all year.” Oakland head coach Sean Parker stated. “He is a player that is very well rounded and plays at all areas around the rink.”
“He is a great forechecking forward, that is responsible in the defensive zone. With the history of his older brother playing here at OU, he was a kid I had to reach out to. Looking forward to seeing him play this year.” Parker added,
|Name||Position||Previous Team and League|
|Jacob Czaja||Forward||Utica Eisenhower (MHSAA)|
|Andrew Morrison||Forward||Midland Dow (MHSAA)|
|Alexander Rekar||Forward||Utica Eisenhower (MHSAA)|
|J.P. Weber||Forward||Decatur Blaze (USPHL Premier)|
|Jacob Zomick||Goalie||Finlandia University (ACHA)|
|Stefano Mini||Forward||Detroit Fighting Irish
|Griffin Hernalsteen||Defenseman||Finlandia University (NCAA DIII)|