Seamus Malone just finished his freshman year of high school in Naperville, Ill., but the highly regarded hockey prospect already knows where he's headed for college.
Malone, a forward with the Chicago Mission Midget Minor program, commited to the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team, according to his father, Patrick.
"We're thrilled,'' Patrick said. "It's a premier program in the U.S.''
Seamus, who turns 16 in May, was unavailable to chat because he's currently trying out for the prestigious National Team Developmental Program under-17 squad in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Patrcik said his son played in Madison with the Mission last year and had an opportunity to tour the campus. Seamus commited last week after an unofficial campus visit because of the rapport he developed with UW coach Mike Eaves and assistants Bill Butters and Gary Shuchuk.
Malone had 13 goals, 20 assists and 33 points in 28 games for the Mission, the same program that's scheduled to send defenseman and Brookfield native Jake Linhart to the Badgers in 2014-15.
Unless Malone accelerates his schooling the earliest he would come to UW is 2015-16.
According to Patrick Malone, Seamus also consider offers from Colorado College, Ohio State, Western Michigan and Yale.