By Kevin Scott
GREAT FALLS, Mont., May 6, 2014 —A Great Falls Americans defenseman from this past year’s squad has decided to continue his education and hockey career at a NCAA Division III school in Wisconsin.
Donovan Mattfeldt is set to join the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) after making a commitment to join the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellow jackets in Superior, Wisconsin.
The 6’0” defenseman from Glendale, Arizona accumulated five goals and tallied 25 assists in 42 regular season games this season for coach Jeff Heimel’s Americans team. He was a key player for the Americans in the playoffs this season as he registered 4 goals and 2 assists in six playoff games against the Gillette Wild and the Helena Bighorns. Great Falls earned a 3-0 sweep against the Gillette Wild in the American West Hockey League (AWHL) semifinals before falling to the league-leading Helena Bighorns in the best-of-five championship series. The Americans finished this season with a 39-13-3 record including a 22-4 record at home.
Mattfeldt’s best performance of the season was against the Glacier Nationals on December 12th when he scored a goal and had three assists in Great Falls’ 7-0 shutout victory over the Whitefish, Montana franchise. The Arizona native was selected to the 2013-2014 AWHL First Team as a Defenseman and received a community service award for his work in the Great Falls community.
During the 2012-13 season, he suited up for the Missoula Maulers from the American West Hockey League (AWHL) where he gathered seven goals and 24 assists in 47 contests. The Maulers ended their season with a 3-0 playoff series loss to the Helena Bighorns.
“Besides the accolades this past season and being a First Team All-Star and the community service award, the achievements I experienced were a great experience and the Americans were a great organization to play for,” said the former American. “We had a great team and a close group of guys and it was a great opportunity for me to showcase my skills.”
Donovan mentioned that Jeff brought a different type of coaching than what he was used to in the past. “What coach (Heimel) brought to us as a team this year as a whole was to play a little more simpler within the game,” said Mattfeldt. “I enjoyed my time playing for the Americans.”
“I’m not the same player I was three years ago when I came into Great Falls. It was a fun ride and I couldn’t ask for anything more (in junior hockey) going out other than winning a league championship or a national championship,” said the outgoing junior hockey player. “I was also set on going to college last year and not playing junior hockey this year but I have no regrets and I am happy and excited on what the future holds for me.”
After competing in junior hockey, he looks forward to another challenge and an opportunity to compete at a higher level of hockey at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Donovan’s statistics can be viewed by clicking here.