Jack Gorniak

Jack Gorniak, left, was a first-team all-state forward for West Salem/Bangor last season.

ERIK DAILY, La Crosse Tribune

The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team collected a fifth oral commitment from a 1999-born player Wednesday when West Salem forward Jack Gorniak announced his decision.

Gorniak, 18, plays before and after the high school season with Team Wisconsin and has six goals and 14 points in 15 games for the under-18 team.

He has led the West Salem/Bangor high school team in scoring in all three of his seasons, finishing with 33 goals and 71 points in 26 games last season.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound left-handed shooter was a first-team all-state selection by the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association last season and made the honorable mention team in 2016.

The United States Hockey League's Lincoln Stars drafted him in the 14th round of this year's Phase II draft, and he's on the team's affiliate roster. He also was selected by the Kenai River Brown Bears in the North American Hockey League.

Gorniak joins goaltender Daniel Lebedeff and forwards Roman Ahcan, Mick Messner and Ben Almquist as players born in 1999 who have given the Badgers a nonbinding oral commitment.

With Team Wisconsin, he's teammates with Badgers associate head coach Mark Osiecki's son Jake.

UW coaches aren't able to discuss recruits until they have signed a National Letter of Intent, but it's likely that Gorniak will play junior hockey before joining the Badgers.


Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.