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Commitment Q&A: Wisconsin's Matt Ustaski

by Mike McMahon/Staff Writer

Earlier this week Wisconsin received a commitment from towering 6-foot-6 winger Matt Ustaski, a Langley (BCHL) product by way of Illinois who will bring his talents to Madison in next fall.

Ustaski took some time to sit down with CHN for the latest installment of our Commitment Q&A series.

CHN: What made Wisconsin the right place for you?

Ustaski: "Wisconsin was the right place for me because of the great program, facilities, and coaching staff. Also the campus is only a three hour drive away from my home in Chicago which influenced the decision as well."

CHN: Where there any other schools you had taken visits at?

Ustaski: "I took visits to Colgate and Ohio State. I was also looking at Cornell and Union, along with some other ivy league schools as well."

CHN: At 6-4, you're a big guy. How would you describe your style? Do you like to use that size?

Ustaski: "Actually close to 6-6 now. My style is an all-around player. I can be a playmaker at any moment, while also being a threat to score with a hard shot. I have been told I'm fast for being 6-6 as well, so skating too. I do like using my size to play physical and to protect the puck. Also using my strength helps me in the faceoff dot greatly."

You're in your second year in the BCHL, how has that transition gone from the MPHL? What are some of the differences?

Ustaski: "Since joining the BCHL, after every game I get better and better. The speed of the game was a big transition for me last year, but now have adjusted completely. The MPHL jump was big for me to the BCHL because of the speed and skill, but after about 20 games last year I felt comfortable."

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