Mauermann signs with Providence

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Saturday, July 9, 2011
— How talented do you have to be to play NCAA Division I men’s hockey?

Only 1,568 played at that level last season.

Of those, 515 were foreign-born players. That leaves just over 1,000 U.S.-born players on the 59 Division I programs.

Janesville’s Ross Mauermann now finds himself in that select company. Mauermann signed a national letter of intent on Friday to skate for Providence College in Providence, R.I. The Friars are members of the Hockey East Association.

Mauermann, a 2009 Janesville Parker graduate, is the Janesville Jets’ all-time leading scorer. He scored 100 points in two seasons in the leading the Jets to the NAHL playoffs in their first two seasons.

Mauermann becomes the third Jets player to sign a Division I scholarship and is the second Janesville native to sign in the last two years. Daniel Olszewski, a Janesville Craig graduate, skates for Denver University.

Despite an impressive resume with the Jets, Mauermann was a late signee with Providence. The program went through a coaching change at the end of the last season, bringing in Union College coach Nate Leaman to replace Tim Army. Leaman was the Division I Coach of the Year last season and had hoped to lure Mauermann to Union before leaving for the Providence position.

“Everything kind of came together within the last week,” Mauermann said. “And after visiting the campus and the facilities, I don’t think I could be going to a better place than Providence.

“The neat thing is that the coaching staff is new, and I’m new to the program, and we’re kind of coming in together. I’m kind of like one of their first recruits, so that’s pretty neat.”

Mauermann definitely was going to play somewhere next season, but now will be a part of one of the East’s top programs.

A skilled forward, Mauermann has worked hard to become a stronger and faster skater. Jets coach Dane Litke believes Mauermann will be a perfect fit for the Friars.

“Ross can do a lot of things for a team. He can put the puck in the net, work on the power play and kill penalties,” Litke said. “Put in the right spot, Ross can be a very good player for any team.

“Providence is not only getting a good player, but a great kid. He’s low maintenance. In two years, I never had a problem with him off the ice, and on the ice, he worked extremely hard.”

Mauermann hopes to make an immediate impact with the Friars. Leaman and his coaching staff told Mauermann they expect him to play on the third or fourth line and have an opportunity to play every game.

All Mauermann wants is a chance to prove himself.

“I don’t think it has sunk in yet,” Mauermann said of the whirlwind of events that took him from a cabin in northern Wisconsin on Wednesday to a flight to Providence on Thursday morning, then back to Janesville on Friday. “The airplane was the first time I think I’ve been able to sit down the last couple of days.

“I was hoping all along that Providence would get back to me. Now that they have, I just want to go in there and prove I can play at that level.”

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