21 June 2024

The Maryland Black Bears of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are proud to announce that goaltender Owen Lepak has committed to play for Western Michigan University in the NCHC NCAA Division I hockey.

Lepak, 18, played his first season of junior hockey with the Maryland Black Bears, appearing in 27 regular season games and posting an 18-8-1 record, including three shutouts, with a 2.18 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

As an East Division champion, the Clarkston, Michigan native started 11 Robertson Cup playoff games and posted a postseason record of 8-3-0, including a shutout against the Maine Nordiques on May 4. While in Blaine, Minnesota for the Robertson Cup championship tournament, Lepak made a season-high 46 saves in a 6-2 victory over the Minot Minotauros, resulting in a sweep of the Minotauros and sending the Black Bears to the championship game.

Due to his season's success, Lepak was nominated for the North American Hockey League's Rookie of the Year award and was named All-East Division Rookie of the Year.

“Owen has the attitude, work ethic and skills of a professional. He is extremely ambitious and has made a big impression in the NAHL in Maryland. Congratulations to Owen and his family, we couldn't be prouder of this boy. Western Michigan is getting a very talented and motivated player,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.

Lepak is the twelfth player to sign with the Black Bears this season.

Click here to view an updated list of the NAHL's commitments to the NCAA.

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