MATTOS ON THE MOVE
Mullets Defenseman Commits to Grand Canyon University
By: Dan Bradley
FOREST LAKE, MN -- Another day, another college commitment for the Minnesota Mullets. On Monday, the team announced defenseman Castor Mattos (’98) has committed to Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.
“(Grand Canyon) has a great hockey program, and I’m excited to get there,” Mattos said. “I’m looking forward to bettering myself on and off the ice, meeting new teammates, and improving my game to be the best player I can be.”
A native of Kaneohe, HI, Mattos was a force on the penalty kill for the Mullets. He finished the 2018-19 season with 2 goals, 9 assists and 27 PIM’s in 42 games. In his Junior Hockey career, Mattos scored 5 goals and 20 assists in 147 games; his discipline jumps off the page, with just 59 career penalty minutes over four seasons.
“Juniors was a great experience for me,” Mattos added. “Every single road trip with the Mullets was awesome and a lot of fun, especially the (showcases) in Chicago.”
Mattos’ commitment means all of the Mullets’ age-outs will be playing college hockey following their junior careers; Nate Holm and Joe Brophy announced their commitments earlier this summer to Northland College and Nazareth College respectively. Leo Iaboni was attending the University of Minnesota while playing with the Mullets last season. Tyler Morrison (’00) also committed to Northland College this summer, marking greater than 100% (3 NCAA and 1 ACHA) college placement for the Mullets this offseason.
Grand Canyon competes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), and starting in the 2019-20 season, the Antelopes will field both Division I and Division II Club programs.
For more information on the Mullets program, go to www.mulletshockey.com.