Penn State got some good news just ahead of its regular season finale in the form of a new defenseman. Former Merrimack blue-liner Evan Bell announced on Twitter that he is headed to Hockey Valley next season, though when he’ll be eligible remains to be seen.
Very excited and blessed to announce my commitment to finish my college hockey career at Penn State University. Thank you to everyone that has helped me along the way! #WeAre pic.twitter.com/Baxo85n2u3— Evan Bell (@EvanBell25) February 21, 2018
Bell started this season with Merrimack before returning to his USHL team, the Fargo Force, where he has 12 points in 18 games. He started his career in Fargo two seasons ago, which overlapped with Denis Smirnov’s last season with the team.
According to The Mack Report, Bell won’t be eligible until the second semester of next season unless his former school releases him from his NLI. Most college hockey players spend their transfer year playing elsewhere before becoming eligible at their new school; since Bell’s plan is to join Penn State right away, I’d imagine he plans on playing next season. Either way, he looks like a solid addition to a defense corps that will lose two seniors this year. Welcome aboard, Evan!