Local Sports Journal

Muskegon Lumberjack defenseman Patrick Koudys announced he will play college hockey for Penn State University.

The fifth-round draft pick of the NHL’s Washington Capitals in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will play for the Nittany Lions beginning with the 2013-14 season.

Muskegon Lumberjack Patrick Koudys

This season, he has three assists in 22 games.

He was acquired as a free agent back in July. Prior to coming the Muskegon, he spent two seasons in college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). That means he has two years of college eligibility remaining.

“Penn State was the right choice for me because it was more than I expected when visiting the campus with the new state of the art facilities being built, and the coaching staff is dedicated to helping me develop my skills for the pro level,” Koudys said.  “Penn State has everything to offer both on and off the ice for me because it is close to home and the engineering program they offer is second to none.”

Before RPI, he layed with the  Burlington Cougars of the Central Canada Hockey League, where he had five goals and 29 assists in 62 games.