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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Two Former Indians Commit to LSSU

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders forward Nik Sellers (Plymouth, MI) and defenseman Steven Kaunisto (Sault Ste. Marie, MI) have both committed to Lake Superior State University.

"We're very excited for both Nik and Steven," said RoughRiders coach and general manager Mark Carlson "They've come in and done a very good job of working hard every day and filling important roles for us."

Both Sellers and Kaunisto are in their first year with the RoughRiders after playing for the Soo Indians of the North American Hockey League last season.

Sellers, 19, has scored nine goals and totaled 17 points in 26 games with the Riders this season. Sellers is also tied for the league lead with four game winning goals.

Last season Sellers led the Indians in assists (37) and points (48) and finished seventh in the NAHL in assists. This season marks Sellers' return to the United States Hockey League- two years ago the Plymouth, Michigan, native skated in the USHL for the Danville Wings. Sellers was part of Indians squad that finished third at 2005 Junior A National Championship, in which he led the Soo with 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 14 postseason games. Sellers was selected by the Plymouth Whalers in the twelfth round of the May, 2002 Ontario Hockey League draft with the two hundred fortieth overall choice.

Kaunisto, also 19, has picked up eight assists in 26 games with the Riders this season. The Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, native arrived in Cedar Rapids after scoring one goal and totaling six points in 41 North American League games last season. Kaunisto was part of Soo Indians squad that finished third at 2005 Junior A National Championship. Kaunisto scored one goal and notched three points in fourteen NAHL playoff games in 2005. Prior to playing in the NAHL Kaunisto was a 2002-03 All Big North Conference selection and Honorable Mention All-State while playing for Sault Ste. Marie High School.

Lake Superior State is currently 10-6-2 overall and is in third place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association with a 6-6-2 conference record.

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