The Razorback Hockey program is excited to announce another pair of commitments: F-Jackson Greer and G-Josh Friedenberger.
Jackson “Jack” Greer, a 5’9″ forward from Houston, Texas, played last season for The Woodlands High School varsity team and Team Houston Hitmen midget major. In 27 games for The Woodlands last season, Greer notched 16 goals to go along with 22 assists. A member of two Texas Tier II State Championship teams (2008-09 & 2010-11), Greer had this to say about joining the Razorback program: “[a]fter meeting Coach Gallini along with some of the players, I saw how serious the program was and I just had to be a part of it.” He also commented, “Arkansas Hockey is growing fast and it shows no sign of slowing down. I’m excited to be part of its growth.”
Josh Friedenberger joins Arkansas from Nolensville, Tennessee, where he played goaltender for Ravenwood High School. Friedenberger commented, “I chose the University of Arkansas due to the fact the coaching staff intends to develop disciplined players on the ice and develop young men of character, integrity, and a passion for life and the game.” In his time prior to Arkansas, Friedenberger was recognized in 2007 as MVP of the 38th Annual Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament and backstopped his Tier II 14 & under team to a 2010 National Championship. In 14 appearances for Ravenwood during the 2013-14 season, Friedenberger notched one shutout and posted a stout 2.09 GAA. He replicated that success in 11 regular season appearances for Ravenwood during the 2014-15 season, when Friedenberger posted a 1.66 GAA that included two shutouts. “Coach Gallini is committed to building a program that is not only successful today, but will continue to grow and be successful in years to come.”
Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships. The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC). The University of Arkansas was the first SEC school to field a Division I ACHA program and is currently the only SEC school with two hockey teams.