UNH freshman goalie Tyler Muszelik taken in NHL Entry Draft by Florida Panthers

DURHAM – It took just one game as a fill-in goalie for his youth hockey team for erstwhile forward Tyler Muszelik to realize that he could make more of an impact stopping pucks than shooting them.

“The biggest thing I like about it is how much you can control the game,” he said. “I think it’s the most important position. It’s special. It’s awesome when you make a big-time save and there’s no better feeling than that.”

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The New Jersey native hopes some of that excitement is in his future as an incoming freshman on the University of New Hampshire hockey team after spending the last two years with the US National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Mich., honing his craft under the tutelage of Rochester native and well-traveled goalie guru David Lassonde, a former assistant coach at UNH.

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