YOUNGSTOWN, OH- Youngstown Phantoms defenseman Vas Kolias announced his commitment to play college hockey at Union College. Kolias will join the Dutchmen for the fall 2016 semester.
“Union has a great coaching staff that cares for their players and takes great strides to develop them. When I went to visit, I really enjoyed the campus and knew it was the right place for me,” Kolias said.
The Schaumberg, Illinois native has played in all 45 of the Youngstown Phantoms games this season, tallying 19 points (4G-15A) while logging important minutes on both the power play and penalty kill.
“We are proud of all that Vas has accomplished here in Youngstown, and happy to see him make his college decision. He is not only an important member of our team on the ice, but also a leader in the locker room and a great representative of our organization in the community. He will be a great addition to the Dutchmen’s blue line next fall,” said Phantoms General Manager Jason Koehler.
Union College plays in the ECAC, and won the 2014 NCAA National Championship under Head Coach Rick Bennett.
Kolias has played in 98 USHL games to date, recording 40 points.
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