Wisconsin goalie carousel has Jurusik going back to USHL, Hayton a possible grad transfer

Matt Jurusik (Wisconsin-30) 15 Nov.06 University of Wisconsin Badgers and University of North Dakota meet in a non conference match-up at the Engelstad Arena Grand Forks, ND (Bradley K. Olson)
Matt Jurusik went 9-7-0 with a 3.70 GAA and .882 save percentage in 2016-17 with Wisconsin (photo: Bradley K. Olson).

The Sioux City Musketeers acquired the USHL rights to goaltender Matt Jurusik from the Bloomington Thunder on Monday morning.

Jurusik spent the last two seasons playing at Wisconsin, but according to the Musketeers, will be joining the USHL for the 2017-18 season.

“Our team picked up an experienced collegiate goaltender that is very competitive and has a desire to win,” said Sioux City coach Luke Strand in a statement. “Matt has 50 games played at the Division I level.  His freshman season, he was the youngest player in college hockey, let alone the starting goalie. We are excited to have him on our team.”

That transaction comes on the heels of another as sources have told the Wisconsin State Journal that All-American goaltender Kyle Hayton will join the Badgers as a graduate transfer from St. Lawrence.

Kyle Hayton of St. Lawrence had 23 saves in a 5-2 loss at RIT (Omar Phillips)
Kyle Hayton started 35 of St. Lawrence’s 37 games last season and posted five shutouts among his 16 wins for the Saints (photo: Omar Phillips).

Hayton completed his undergraduate degree in three years at SLU, making him able to play his final season of eligibility at UW this fall without having to sit out a year as mandated by NCAA rules.

He was the Goaltender of the Year last season in ECAC Hockey and a second-team All-American in the East Region.


    • Matt Jurusik was a late roster add to replace Luke Opilka, and he wasn’t qualified. Kyle Hayton (if he does join the Badgers) was among the 10 semifinalists for the 2017 Mike Richter award and will fill the gap until Daniel Lebedeff joins the Badgers in 2018. The Badgers possibly filled their weakest roster spot with one of the better players in the country. You don’t look too knowledgeable with your trolling.

      I wish Matt Jurusik the best and hopefully he finds another college team for his remaining two years of eligibility after a year in Sioux City.


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