When the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team got a commitment from 16-year-old defenseman Peter Tischke it got a future lock-down defender.
The Badgers also continued to tap into one of the most fertile youth programs in the country.
Tischke is the third member of the Chicago Mission midget major program to commit to UW in the last year, joining defenseman Jake Linhart and winger Seamus Malone. The commitment was announced on the Mission's website.
"He's physical, he reads the play and he hits like a freight train,'' Mission coach and former NHL forward Gino Cavallini said Thursday.
Listed at 6-foot and 185 pounds, Tischke is a high school sophomore from Hinsdale, Ill., who's projected to come to Madison in 2014-15.
"His compete level is off the charts,'' Cavallini said of Tischke, who was a second-round U.S. Hockey League draft pick of Des Moines. "He does what it takes to win.''
Cavallini indicated UW coach Mike Eaves remains a major player in the hunt for another elite Mission player, winger Christian Dvorak.