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Jr. Kings graduate, Manhattan Beach native Karpman decides on NCAA Division I UConn



The NAHL’s Minot Minotauros have announced that forward Huston Karpman has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Connecticut (Hockey East).

Karpman becomes the 72nd NCAA D-I commit in the history of the Tauros program, the first to commit to UConn, and the first under coach-GM Cody Campbell.

Overall on the season, Karpman has 20 points on nine goals and 11 assists, which puts him tied for seventh in the NAHL. For his junior career, spent mostly in the NAHL but with stops in the BCHL and USHL as well, Karpman has posted 17 goals and 35 assists for 52 points in 92 games.

“I chose UConn because of the direction they are heading,” said Karpman, a Manhattan Beach native. “They have established themselves as a top program in the country and are getting even better every year. With the new rink being built, they will also have a top facility in college hockey.”

In the classroom, Karpman intends to study business.

Campbell says the Huskies are “getting a great two-way forward that is responsible in his own zone and has a knack for consistently creating offense.”

Campbell also believes the traits that make Karpman a successful junior player will carry over as he advances.

“Huston is an extremely competitive person,” said Campbell. “His competitiveness and willingness to do what is needed of him to help his team be successful will translate to the D-I level and help UConn win hockey games over the next four years. We are extremely proud and excited for Huston and his family. His sacrifice and commitment to his craft has earned him this opportunity.”

Karpman credits Campbell, among others, in helping him achieve his goal.

“I’d like to thank my teammates for always having my back and pushing me to be better every day,” said the Los Angeles Jr. Kings alum. “The coaches I’ve played for over the years and especially here in Minot, and my family for the unconditional support and love that has got me to this point.

“My time here in Minot has been amazing. It’s one of the best organizations in junior hockey and we are given every opportunity to be successful as a team and individually.”


— Minot Minotauros Staff

(Nov. 5, 2021)

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