On Monday, Jake Beaune (Livonia Stevenson, 2018) was one-of-two defensemen from the Class of 2018 to make a verbal commitment to a Division-I program. The Livonia native announced on Twitter his intentions to join Robert Morris University next fall for the 2021-22 season, just hours after his former Team Michigan teammate David Breazeale (Grandville, 2018) committed to Lindenwood University.
I am extremely excited and proud to announce my commitment to play Division 1 hockey at Robert Morris University. Thank you to my family, friends, teammates and coaches who have supported me along the way. #Colonials pic.twitter.com/QxWjmBiO9X— Jake (@jakebeaune4) April 12, 2021
Beaune played three seasons for Stevenson, winning three regional championships and making it to the Division-II state championship game as a sophomore in 2016. The 2000-birth year prospect signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Aberdeen Wings during his senior season, where Beaune scored 22 goals and 46 points in 29 games, and was named to the 2018 Dream Team.
After graduation, Beaune played two seasons for the Wings, scoring 13 goals and 39 points in 90 games while serving as team captain his second year with the program. Following the conclusion of the 2019-20 season, he was selected by the Lincoln Stars in the third round of the United States Hockey League (USHL) Entry Draft, where he played his third and final season of junior hockey. In 46 games for the Stars, Beaune had posted seven goals and 16 points before making his verbal commitment to RMU this week.
The commitment locks up a second MI-HS alum on the blue line for the Colonials and their Class of 2021. Caden Lewandowski (University Liggett, 2019) verbally committed to RMU in December, and between him and Beaune, the pair will provide plenty of size on the back end at 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-3 respectively.