Minnetonka center Alex Lunski commits to St. Thomas
The 6-foot-3 power forward announced his commitment on Aug. 1, the first day that rising juniors were able to give verbal commitments.
MINNETONKA, Minn. — The first day that rising juniors are able to announce verbal commitments to play NCAA Division I college hockey is Aug. 1. Although most hockey players don't commit until later in their career, a select few will have the opportunity to do so early on.
Minnetonka junior Alex Lunski was one of the first players Monday morning to announce his commitment.
Lunski wrote on his social media platforms, "I am very honored and excited to announce my commitment to the University of St. Thomas to play division 1 hockey, and continue my academics. Thank you to my family, friends, coaches, and teammates who have helped me get to this point in my career."
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound power forward put up 13 points in 26 games for the Skippers as a sophomore this past season.
Lunski describes himself as a center who can win faceoffs, play both ends of the ice, is good in the corners and at protecting the puck.
I am very honored and excited to announce my commitment to the University of St. Thomas to play division 1 hockey, and continue my academics. Thank you to my family, friends, coaches, and teammates who have helped me get to this point in my career! #rolltoms 😈 pic.twitter.com/IiQsKwAH2b— Alex Lunski (@Alex_Lunski) August 1, 2022
"They (the coaching staff) really want to make you the best person you can be and push you to the next level," Lunski said.
The Chanhassen, Minn., native said he first made contact with UST assistant coach Leon Hayward this past season and they built a strong relationship, which ultimately helped Alex make his decision.
"It's just a great university with quality education ... I really liked the campus size, it's about 10,000 kids with small classes so you really get that 1-on-1 with your teacher," Lunski said. "Plus location, it's only about 30 minutes from my house and my extended family has always been a big support system."
Lunski also noted that he is excited for the opportunity to play for a program that is just getting started. St. Thomas just finished their first season as a Division I program in 2021-22 after jumping up from Division III.
Lunski first started skating up in Grand Forks, N.D., where his father grew up. He then eventually skated for Mound Westonka, Breakaway Academy in Chaska, and Chaska/Chanhassen in youth hockey. He played his freshman season with Chanhassen High School and, most recently, his sophomore year with Minnetonka.
When he's not on the ice, he is a golfer and can be found on the course after practice or in his free time.