On February 4th, it was reported that Lindenwood University would become the NCAA’s newest Division-I program, set to begin for the 2022-23 season. Two short months later, David Breazeale (Grandville, 2018) announced his intentions of being a part of the program’s foundation, verbally committing to the upstart earlier this week.
I am very excited to announce my commitment to further my education and play NCAA Division 1 college hockey at Lindenwood University! I’m so grateful to God, my family, teammates, coaches, and friends who have supported me along the way. #SamePrideNewHunt pic.twitter.com/bNEwTB5Yd9— David Breazeale (@DavidBreazeale) April 12, 2021
Breazeale played three seasons for the Bulldogs, scoring 25 goals and 49 points during his high school career and going to back-to-back Division-I Frozen Fours in 2016 and 2017. The 6-foot-4 defender was also named Second-Team All-State as a junior and First-Team All-State as a senior. He also represented Team Michigan at the CCM NIT at the conclusion of both of those seasons.
After graduation, Breazeale signed a tender agreement in the summer with the Shreveport Mudbugs of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) . There, he scored seven goals and 43 points in three seasons and is currently in the midst of the best campaign of his junior career. In 43 games, Breazeale has scored three goals and 18 points for the first-place Mudbugs, as they’ve compiled a 31-7-2 record in the South Division.
Lindenwood is located in St. Charles, Missouri, and is primarily a Division-II school. The announcement from Jeff Cox of the New England Hockey Journal comes just one year after the Centene Community Ice Center opened. This brand new facility will serve as home ice for the Lions.