HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan completed his 2017-18 roster with the addition of goaltender Patrick "Packy" Munson. Munson is 6-foot-2, 190-pound native of Hugo, Minnesota. He joins forwards Justin Misiak, Greyson Reitmeier, and Marcus Russell, defensemen Seamus Donohue, Keegan Ford, Mitch Meek, Tyler Rockwell, and Cooper Watson, and goaltender Robbie Beydoun as fresh faces for the Huskies.
Munson is a transfer who was on the roster of the National Champion Denver Pioneers in 2016-17 and played 21 games for the Vermont Catamounts in 2015-16. Munson will be a junior and is eligible to play immediately.
For Vermont, he started 20 games, posting a 9-10-1 record with a 2.37 goals against average, and a .920 save percentage. He had three shutouts and the sixth-best save percentage and ninth-best goals against average in school history for a season. During his first month as a starting goalie, he won four Hockey East awards, including the Goaltender of the Month honor for December after being named the MVP of the Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup.
Before college, Munson played two seasons (2013-15) with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the NAHL, appearing in 52 games. He was a Second Team All-State selection for Centennial High School in Circle Pines, Minnesota and owns school records for saves in a single season, career save percentage, and career win percentage.
The 97th season of Tech hockey begins on October 1 at the University of Wisconsin in the annual US Hockey Hall of Fame Game. Wisconsin hasn't announced game times for its schedule yet.