Scorer verbally commits to UMaine men’s hockey

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted March 09, 2011, at 8:18 p.m.

Swedish defenseman Bill Norman, who led Mayo High School of Rochester, Minn., in scoring this season, has verbally committed to play for the University of Maine men’s hockey team this fall.

The 5-foot-9, 150-pound Norman had 17 goals and 30 assists in 26 games for the Spartans.

The native of Stockholm is an exchange student at Mayo.

“He’s not the biggest player around but he is a very dynamic player,” said Mayo assistant coach Todd Huyber, a former Providence College defenseman. “His first and second steps are the best I’ve seen. He’s very explosive. He doesn’t get caught out of position much.”

Norman played in all situations for the Spartans and quarterbacked the power play.

“He’s very intelligent with the puck. He is typically (thinking) one play ahead of everyone when he has it,” said Huyber. “He does a real good job getting pucks to the net.”

Huyber also called him “deceptively strong” and said he is “real good in his own zone.”

Norman, who will be a scholarship player, said he was impressed with Maine during his visit to Orono.

“I liked the campus and the hockey arena and the locker room were real nice,” said Norman. “I heard that they had the best fans in college hockey and that hockey is very big up there.”

The 18-year-old Norman liked the fact Maine will have at least two other Swedish players next year in Klas Leidermark, who had recent knee surgery, and Theo Andersson. Gustav Nyquist is expected to sign with Detroit after the season.

Norman said he intends to work on his strength and hopes to put on a little weight before he arrives in the fall.

Norman’s coming to Maine is contingent upon his acceptance into school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.

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