AMARILLO, TX – It’s been a long and tough road in junior hockey for Amarillo Bulls forward Gage Christianson. The move from city to city including four teams in three years wasn’t an easy one for the Anchorage, Alaska native until he arrived in the Texas Panhandle.
That long and sometimes difficult journey all paid off in the end for Christianson when he won the Robertson Cup with the Bulls, and now has an NCAA College Commitment to go along with it. Christianson announced his commitment to the Milwaukee School of Engineering, a Division III school located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With that, he became the 16th player this season, and 33rd member in the history of the Amarillo Bulls to make NCAA plans.
“I am really excited especially having to do the full process of three years in junior hockey and moving around to different teams,” said Christianson. “It was nice to get on a real solid team and a great coaching staff that was able to push me forward to the next college level.”
Christianson was acquired in mid-September at the NAHL Showcase by the Amarillo Bulls from the expansion Johnstown Tomahawks. It didn’t take long for the skilled forward to find the back of the net. He finished with 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points in 50 games. Christianson also had three power play goals and two game winners. In the post season, Christianson notched two goals and added four assists for six points in 11 games.
I’m thrilled for Gage and his announcement,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams. “We made a trade for him at the beginning of the season to help get us over the top and win the Robertson Cup Championship. We knew what he has done in the past with the leadership that he could bring in, and his determination and commitment to wanting to win that Robertson Cup. He is a very skilled hockey player, being a point a game and did very good on the power play. He was one of the keys to our success in winning the Robertson Cup.”
Williams said it’s great for Christianson to be able to accomplish both of his goals of winning a Robertson Cup and to play NCAA hockey.
“It’s absolutely terrific to have him go to a school like Milwaukee School of Engineering and an opportunity to play college hockey at a great institution, knowing that he wanted to study engineering at one of the top schools in the country,” he said. “He got to accomplish both goals before he left. He’s a great young man, one that I was proud to be able to coach and get to know this past year. I look forward to seeing his progress at the school.”
Christianson thanks the Bulls Coaching Staff for pushing him and making him a better player.
“In my previous years in Junior or Triple ‘A’ hockey I was never really pushed or challenge,” he said. “Dennis and Rocky put a special emphasis on me and give me that extra step to become a more elite player in this league. They increased my work ethic two-fold. I wasn’t the same guy in Amarillo when I arrived as I am now.”
Gage Christianson joins Paul Berrafato (Holy Cross), Brady Ferguson (Robert Morris), John Rey (Robert Morris), Clint Carlisle (Army), Garret Peterson (Army), Geoff Fortman (Canisius College), Tyler Deresky (Bentley University), Hampus Gustafsson (Merrimack College), TJ Sarcona (Niagara), Tyler Rostenkowski (Air Force), Kyle Plageman (Army), and Joe Grabowski (Princeton), Dan McNamara (St. John’s University Mn), Blake Roubos (Lawrence University), Ryan Cole (Trinity College), and TJ Sherman (Trinity College) as Amarillo Bulls to announce their NCAA Commitments.