Former Jr. King Starzynski commits to Alabama-Huntsville

Filip Starzynski, a former Los Angeles Jr. King, has committed to the University of Alabama-Huntsville (WCHA) for the 2014-15 season. 

Starzynski, a forward from Warsaw, Poland, is playing his third year of junior hockey with the Bismarck Bobcats of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).

“It’s a dream come true,” Starzynski said of his commitment. “It’s what I’ve worked hard for every day for the past three years, and it seems like a really good opportunity to pursue my hockey career.”  

The Bobcats coaching staff agrees.

“It’s well-deserved, based on what Filip has brought to our program over the last three years,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie. “He’s been a leader for us, and always plays the game with a lot of energy. He’s been a big part of our success.”

“He’ll continue to be a fan-favorite in Huntsville, like he’s been here,” added Bobcats assistant coach Garrett Roth. “The way Filip plays the game will fit in well with the fans there, who are really excited about hockey.”

Starzynski, who began his junior career with the NAHL’s Aberdeen Wings and has represented his native Poland in international competition, says his experience with the Bobcats has driven him to NCAA Division I hockey. 

 “I’ve been here three years, and I’ve developed every year,” he said. “If you work hard enough, the resources we have here will get you to the next level.”

DEMKO TO FROZEN FOUR: Boston College freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko, who played for the Jr. Kings, backstopped the Eagles two two victories at the NCAA Northeast Regional over the weekend in Worcester, Mass. With the wins, Boston College advances to the Frozen Four in Philadelphia, where the semifinals will be played on April 10 and the championship game on April 12.