Matt Serratore, nephew of AFA coach Frank Serratore, committed to play for the Falcons starting with the 2015-16 season, his junior team announced on Thursday.
“Matt’s work ethic and hockey IQ is his strength,” Penticton (B.C.) coach Fred Harbinson said. “He continues to grow as a player and will be a great addition for Air Force in 2015.”
Under NCAA rules, coach Serratore cannot comment on a commit until he passes basic training in Jacks Valley the summer before his first year.
Serratore, 19, is the son of Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore.
“Having my dad know the business was really helpful for me,” Serratore told the Bemidji Pioneer. “He’s a good counselor and helped me a lot. I went out there on a visit at the end of the summer and thought it was a great fit. They’ve been very successful recently and have been playing some good hockey.”
The Falcons are 7-4-5 this season and are atop the Atlantic Hockey standings. They’ve made five NCAA tournament appearances since 2007.
“Plus, I liked the campus and it’s got great academics, which is what I was looking for,” Serratore added. “Those things combined really made it an easy decision.”
The forward has 10 points (four goals) in 35 contests, including two goals and five points in his last eight games in the British Columbia Hockey League. The Bemidji, Minn. native is one of the Vees top defensive forwards and penalty-killers, according to the press release.
He expressed his excitement via Twitter earlier today: “Dream come true #gofalcons.”
Serratore played three seasons at Bemidji High School, tallying 91 points (49 goals) in 80 games.