Cathedral's Petrick commits to Northeastern

Springfield Cathedral hockey freshman defenseman Dan Petrick gave his verbal commitment to Northeastern this afternoon.

The Wilbraham, Mass. native finished fourth on the Panthers in points this season with five goals and 32 assists for 37 points. It was Petrick’s second season with the Panthers, after seeing time as an eighth-grader.

““His growth and improvement has been tremendous,” Cathedral head coach Brian Foley said Thursday. “He came to us as an eighth-grader and that time allowed him to go into the offeseason knowing what he needed to do to improve his game as a freshman.”

News of Petrick’s commitment was first reported by Annie Maroon of Masslive.com.

While other teams expressed interest in Petrick, Northeastern was Petrick’s top choice, giving his commitment after visiting campus on Thurdsday.

“I really like the city and being abel to be a part of the Beanpot had a big effect on my decision,” Petrick said. “I love the campus and me and the coaching staff clicked right away.”

Petrick logged major minutes for the Super 8 tournament semifinalists, which packed a potent offensive punch, featuring four of the top 11 ranked scorers in Division 1.

At the second week of the season, Petrick joined Cathedral’s power-play unit, allowing him to showcase his skill.

“It was a good fit for me being an offensive defensemen,” said Petrick, who added he’s considering architecture as his field of study. “Coach Foley gave me the chance to play in those situations and I tried to play my game.”

Given the opportunity, Petrick also seized the responsibility.

“The whole unit started to take off after the first month,” Foley said. “As a freshman, you would think that as a coach you wouldn’t put him out there, but from the first week, he showed he belonged.

“He has a lot of confidence for a kid that young and he took advantage of the chance given to him.”