The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team has received a commitment from Toronto goaltender Gabe Grunwald for 2013-14.
Grunwald is the 18-year-old son of Glen Grunwald, who won a NCAA men's basketball title at Indiana in 1981 and currently works in the NBA as vice president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks. The elder Grunwald previously worked as general manager of the Toronto Raptors.
Gabe Grunwald, listed at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, had a 2.32 goals against average and 92.1 percent save ratio for the Ajax-Pickering AAA midget team in 2010-11. He said he'll stay in Ontario to play juniors next year and is currently in the process of determining which Tier II club he'll play for.
Gabe Grunwald visited Madison two weeks ago and committed to the Badgers shortly thereafter. He said he also visited Canisius, Massachusetts, Quinnipiac and RIT and had drawn interest from multiple Major Junior clubs in the Ontario and Quebec leagues prior to his decision to pursue the U.S. college route.
Grunwald said the opportunity to get a great education and play for a "world renowned hockey team'' were the biggest factors in his decision to commit to UW.