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Frey accepts DI offer

Former Wildcat Trent Frey, now playing for the Springfield (Ill.) Junior Blues of the North American Hockey League, has accepted a scholarship offer from NCAA Division 1 Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. Submitted photo

Former Wildcat Trent Frey will get to fulfill his dream of playing Division I hockey.

Frey, currently the North American Hockey League's leading goal scorer while playing with the Springfield (Ill.) Junior Blues, last week accepted a scholarship offer from Mercyhurst College.

Mercyhurst is an NCAA Division I school located in Erie, Pa., and competes in the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA). Frey will join the Lakers for the 2010-11 season.

"I'm excited," Frey said Friday by phone from Mason City, Iowa, where the Junior Blues were preparing to play the Northern Iowa Outlaws. "It's a good Division I program. This year in the preseason they played teams like St. Cloud State and Alaska-Fairbanks and Alaska-Anchorage. Every year they are right near the top of their conference."

Frey said the Mercyhurst coaches had watched him play earlier this season and again at the NAHL's Top Prospects Tournament Jan. 21-23 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The tournament is designed as a showcase for the best players in the NAHL to show off their skills and Frey had a goal and an assist while helping the South Division to a 2-1 record.

"They offered me a scholarship right after the tournament," he said. "The offer was really good. They're paying for 90 percent of everything."

Frey, who earlier this season turned down a scholarship offer from Division I Bentley College (Mass.), said the decision to accept the Mercyhurst offer was an easy one.

"There's another kid on the Junior Blues, Randy Cure from Minnesota, who will be going to Mercyhurst next year," he said. "He's spoken very highly of it. The coaches are great, it's a private school and I know I'll get a great education. It just seemed like a good fit."

He said his parents Tim and Kerrin are behind him 100 percent.

"As far as the choice about school, they've always said the final decision would be up to me," he said. "They've always been real supportive. They knew playing juniors and going to a Division I school was always my goal so they're excited about it."

Frey, a 2008 graduate of River Falls High School, holds Wildcat hockey records with 37 goals in a season and 100 in his career. He currently leads the NAHL with 24 goals this season. He will play one more season with the Junior Blues before heading to Mercyhurst.