DUBUQUE, Iowa — Dubuque Fighting Saints forward Colin Theisen (Monroe, Mich.), the reigning USHL Forward of the Week, has announced his commitment to play hockey collegiately at the University of Notre Dame. The USHL’s third-leading scorer ranks second in goal scoring with 23 tallies, and has emerged as a high-flying offensive player in the pantheon of talented players in the league.
“Notre Dame is a good fit for me—a mixture between a great hockey program and a great academic program, and a close fit in terms of being close to home in Michigan,” Theisen said. “I’m super excited for this opportunity, and hopefully we can win a championship here in Dubuque and be off to Notre Dame to win one there as well.”
Theisen joins a Fighting Irish team that includes former Fighting Saint Michael O’Leary, and will eventually include current Dubuque forward Alex Steeves.
“We’re really excited for Colin, we believe it’s a great fit because of the combination of athletics and academics that Notre Dame has become known for,” head coach/GM Jason Lammers said. “We believe Colin is going to be a great asset to their organization and institution.”
“I think Dubuque did a good job in developing me both on and off the ice,” Theisen added. “Being a Fighting Saint helped me to be a better player, especially playing with great guys and alongside a great coaching staff as well.”
Notre Dame is currently ranked as the #17 team in the nation, and is led by 12th-year head coach Jeff Jackson. Under the veteran coach’s tenure, the Fighting Irish have their sights set on being NCAA Tournament regulars, and a participant at the dance for the third time in four seasons.