Zach Saar Commits To Penn State
As reported on the website of the USHL’s Chicago Steel, forward Zach Saar has committed to the fledgling Penn State Division 1 program.
“I loved the campus, but the coaches were the reason I committed,” Saar said on the Steel website. “Penn State was one of the first schools to talk with me and I got the opportunity to do an official visit earlier this year. The players were great and the people in the community were all very nice. To cap it off, University Park is a very beautiful place.”
In Saar’s case, the commitment was a natural. His father, Brad, toiled for the Nittany Lion football program under Joe Paterno.
The 6-5, 200 pound Plainwell, Michigan, native has put up six goals and three assists for the Steel in 15 games this season. He’ll look to bolster the Nittany Lion offense in their inaugural season starting this fall when the program competes as an independent before joining the new Big Ten Hockey Conference in the fall of 2013.
“We are very proud of Zach,” Chicago Steel head coach Scott McConnell said. “His leadership capabilities, his work ethic and skills as a hockey player, have allowed him to continue to develop and will help Penn State compete in the Big Ten Conference, sooner, rather than later. The Saar family is a great family and to see Zach go to the same school as his father is very special.”
“It’s not easy to put a team together from scratch to compete in a conference as prolific as the Big Ten. A player of Zach’s size and ability will be able to handle the pressure of going into hostile environments like the Kohl Center, Mariucci Arena and Yost Ice Arena.”