TWO ROADRUNNERS COMMIT TO DIVISION I COLLEGES
TOPEKA, KS, DEC. 31, 2007: The North American Hockey League is a developmental league that prepares players for college. Today, the Topeka RoadRunners are proud to annouce two of their players have committed to Division I schools.
Corey Jendras (pictured at left) committed on Sunday night to play for the University of Connecticut Huskies beginning in the 2008-09 season. He will join RoadRunners alum and former teammate Jason Krispel who began playing there this season. “Coreys committment is very deserving”, said head coach Scott Langer Monday morning. “He has come along way in the last year. His ability to shoot the puck is one of the tops I have seen at this level.” Jendras is grateful for the experience he’s had with the RoadRunners organization. “Smack (Coach Langer) has shown he has believed in me from the very beginning. I am glad to see that my hockey career doesn’t end here, and that I still have a future in the game. The RoadRiunners program, from (team owner) Mary Magdalene Lorang to the coaches on down has given me all the tools I needed to succeed, and I will always be grateful”. Jendras hasn’t decided on a major, but feels he will likely pursue a degree in business. As excited as he is about the future at U-CONN, he remains focused on the task at hand. “Last season, we were on the threshold of being a champion. This year, I want to help Topeka earn a banner to hang at the Expocentre.”
RoadRunners first year defenseman Eric Artman (pictured at right) locked up his collegiate future when he accepted a full ride scholarship with Air Force, beginning in the 2009-10 season. While finding a college was a priority for Artman, he didn’t always have his eyes set on a service academy. “I didn’t know what to expect, really, when I went to visit the campus”, said Artman. “But that’s what sold me on the deal. I knew the hockey program was solid, but after seeing the campus and meeting people there, I knew it was the right fit for me”. Like his teammate Corey Jendras, Artman was emphatic in his praise for the RoadRunners coaches and staff. “I can’t say enough about the coaches here. They delivered on their promise. I came here to develop as a player and to work my way into college. I’m glad to have the opportunity to pursue my dreams and I owe a great deal of thanks to the RoadRunners.” Head Coach Scott Langer has been pleased with the progress Artman has made. “Eric has made huge strides in his first yr of jr hockey. He has been given a lot of responsibility in just his first season and he’s handled it very well.” Langer went on to say, “Arty’s a great guy to coach, and he will do very well with the (Air Force) Falcons”.
Artman and Jendras will be on the ice this weekend as the Topeka RoadRunners face off against the Southern Minnesota Express at 7:05 pm Friday and Saturday nights at the Kansas Expocentre. Tickets are available at the Expocentre Box Office, starting at just $6.50.