Chugiak’s Plucinski to play college hockey for third-ranked Notre Dame

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 15:56
  • Chugiak’s Zach Plucinski battles for the puck during the Mustangs’ win over Juneau-Douglas on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2017 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star file photo/Matt Tunseth)

Eagle River’s Zach Plucinski is hoping to add an NCAA title to an already loaded trophy case.

The Omaha Lancers defenseman and 2019 Chugiak High School graduate has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I college hockey at the University of Notre Dame.

“The education and hockey package is arguably the best in the NCAA,” the 6-foot-1, 199-pound defenseman said in a story posted on the Lancers’ website.

Notre Dame (8-1-1) plays in the Big 10 conference and is currently ranked No. 3 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll.

Plucinski has won titles at multiple levels of hockey, helping the Alaska Blue Devils to a Tier II national championship in 2012 before lifting an Alaska state championship for the Chugiak Mustangs in 2017. After Chugiak, Plucinski won a Canadian national AAA Midget title in 2018 for the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey Leauge before being picked by Sioux City in the first round of the USHL’s Phase II draft last year.

He split time between Sioux Falls and Omaha last season, registering six points in 52 games played. Through Tuesday he had a goal and four assists in 14 games this season for Omaha.

Plucinski said he’s looking forward to the challenge of playing Division I hockey at an elite university.

“I definitely felt at home being on the campus, and the academics will help me in my future,” he said. “I know I will be pushed and developed on and off the ice.”

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