By Kevin Scott
GREAT FALLS, Mont., April 22, 2016 — A defenseman that played for the Great Falls Americans Junior A hockey team for the past two seasons (2014-2016) has decided to continue his hockey career and education at the college level beginning this fall.
Miles Giorgione, a 5’10” defenseman from Anchorage, Alaska, will join the Marian University men’s hockey team located in Fon Du Lac, Wisconsin in the fall of 2016. The Sabres, an NCAA Division III school, is a member of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA).
Giorgione played the previous two seasons for the North American 3 Hockey League’s (NA3HL) Great Falls Americans where he played a key role for the two-time Frontier Division champions.
During the 2015-16 regular season, he scored 21 points by scoring five goals and dishing out 16 assists in 33 appearances. He gathered an additional goal and three assists in the eight American playoff games. The Americans swept the Bozeman Ice Dogs in two games in the Divisional Semi-finals followed by a two-game sweep over the regular season champions in the Frontier Division, the Yellowstone Quake in the Divisional Finals giving them a berth in the NA3HL Silver Cup Tournament in Illinois. Great Falls went 2-2 at the round robin national tournament including an appearance in the semifinals and had an overall record of 40-13-2.
The newest college recruit was also a member of the Frontier Division squad at the 2015 Top Prospects Tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan two seasons ago where he played in three games under Great Falls Americans head coach Jeff Heimel. The prestigious tournament attracted many scouts and college coaches to the annual three-day tournament.
“The biggest accomplishment this season for me was making it to the Silver Cup tournament for two straight years and then winning the Frontier Divisional in back-to-back years,” said Giorgione.
The Alaska native will major in Homeland Security at the Wisconsin school. He looks forward to trying to balance school and hockey and it will be an adjustment from playing at the junior level to a higher level at college.
He wanted to thank coach Jeff Heimel and team owner Jim Keough and the entire Americans organization for helping him get to where he wanted to be in his hockey career.
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