Jamestown Ironmen forward Ross Pavek has committed to play hockey for the St. Norbert College Green Knights starting next fall.
St. Norbert, a Division III school located in De Pere, Wisc., only minutes away from where Pavek grew up in Green Bay, has a student body of 2,200.
The Green Knights have appeared in 13 NCAA Division III Tournaments since 1997 and have appeared in the Frozen Four eight times since 2003, winning the national championship in 2208, 2011, 2012. The defending national champions are currently ranked second in the nation among all Division III schools.
Jamestown Ironmen forward Ross Pavek, right, will continue his hockey career at St. Norbert College.
Photo by Scott Reagle
"St. Norbert is as good as it gets in Division III," said Ironmen head coach Dan Daikawa. "Ross will have a great opportunity for success there."
It was hard for Pavek to hide his excitement following Thursday's morning practice at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
"I am not going to say it is a dream come true, but I am definitely excited about it, " said Pavek about his commitment. "I grew up watching the hockey team at St. Norbert, all of my high school coaches played there, and I will only be about five minutes from home."
Pavek has played for four teams throughout his NAHL career and has had a standout year for the Ironmen, posting nine goals to go along with 13 assists so far this season.
Area fans can see Pavek at the next Ironmen homestand from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2. Thursday (1/31) will mark the Ironmen School Day Game with an 11 a.m. start against the Soo Eagles. Jamestown will once again host the Eagles on Friday at 7 p.m. It will be Ladies Night with $2 off tickets along with drink and food specials in Sully's Irish Pub for all ladies at the game. The Ironmen will take on Port Huron on Saturday (Feb. 2) at 5 p.m., and it is billed as Super Saturday (day before the Super Bowl). Fans who wear their favorite football jersey will receive $2 off a game ticket.