Brock Boeser remembers coming to Madison to watch his cousin play for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team and that experience left an indelible impression.
That helps explain why Boeser, a sophomore winger at Burnsville (Minn.) High School, announced Monday that he's committed to play for the Badgers with an eye toward 2015-16.
"I watched my cousin play there when I was growing up,'' he said of Dan Boeser, a UW defenseman from 2000-04 who was a tri-captain as a senior. "It's always been my dream school and when I visited there it just felt right.''
Dan Boeser is now an assistant coach at Burnsville who helped guide Brock through the recruiting process. Brock made three unofficial campus visits -- Michigan, Minnesota and UW -- before making his decision.
NCAA rules prohibit UW coach Mike Eaves from commenting on recruits until after they sign a National Letter of Intent.
Brock Boeser, listed at 5-foot-11 and 157 pounds, is regarded as one of the top 1997-born prospects in North America. He was chosen by Sioux City with the fourth overall pick in the U.S. Hockey League futures draft earlier this month after accounting for 12 goals, 22 assists and 34 points in 19 games for Burnsville last season.
Boeser said he intends to play another year at Burnsville before deciding his next course of action. He could stay in high school or move to the USHL for the 2014-15 season.
Boeser on Boeser: "I feel like I'm a two-way player and have the ability to make plays. The effort I give is really high. I never back down to anyone.''