CHASKA, Minn. – Sam Scheetz, 16, is the latest Minnesotan to commit to the University of Vermont.
The Catamounts appear to be creating a pipeline of high-level Minnesota players in their program, having received commitments from 2022 Mr. Hockey, Max Strand (Roseau) and 2022 USA Today High School Hockey Player of the Year, Alex Bump (Prior Lake ) – and now Sam Scheetz of Chaska.
Scheetz, a 5-foot-10 forward, announced his verbal commitment to the university Sept. 25.
I am extremely excited and honored to announce my commitment to play Division I hockey and further my education at the University of Vermont! I want to thank my family, my friends, my coaches, my teammates and everyone who has helped me along the way! pic.twitter.com/kLKzkcbfRz
—Sam Scheetz (@SamScheetz2) September 25, 2022
“Ultimately, with Vermont, it had everything I was looking for and once I visited I knew I was going to go,” Scheetz said of his decision.
Committing to a college program was not an easy choice for the native of Victoria, Minn., “The hardest part for me was making the right decision because this is a place I will be staying for four year. “
After announcing his decision on social media, Scheetz received a few text messages from future teammate Alex Bump. The two knew each other before, as Chaska (Scheetz’s team) lost to Prior Lake (Bumps’ team) in the 2022 Division AA Championship Game.
The Chaska Hawks went 22-6 in the 2021-22 season and Scheetz led the team in scoring as just a sophomore with 22 goals and 18 assists.
“I’m a quick hitter who likes to use his speed to his advantage, whether it’s forechecking or rounding the D.”
Scheetz is a fast player who can score on his own, but can also play with his teammates.
“We surprised a lot of people, few people thought we would go to the section final,” the Chaska striker said of his 2021-22 season.
“It’ll be fun to surprise some people. I think everyone’s excited for the season…Obviously our goal is to go stateside so the work starts now.”
Growing up in Victoria, Scheetz started playing hockey around the age of 3. His family had an unfinished basement that turned into a perfect place to work on hockey skills.
Along with hockey, the forward also played baseball growing up through college. Scheetz’s father played high school hockey in Iowa, but comes from an extended family of mostly baseball and football players.
Sticking with the hockey turned out to be a good decision, as now Chaska’s forward has secured a DI commitment, been part of USA National camps 16 and 17, and plays for the Upper Midwest High School Elite League.
Scheetz is now entering his freshman year of high school and is currently working on several elements of his game, including getting stronger as well as small things like stickhandling and shooting.
When he’s not playing hockey, Scheetz enjoys playing golf as a hobby or going to the lake to surf or tubing.
You can expect to see the Minnesota native hitting the ice for the University of Vermont likely in 2025.