Following successful junior hockey careers, which included helping the Dells Ducks capture the national championship two seasons ago, Sean Teske and Jaydn Munnelly are poised to excel as members of the Waldorf University hockey team.
The duo, who led the Ducks to a 47-12 record and the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) USP3 Division national title during the 2015-16 campaign, signed letters of intent with the Warriors on Wednesday to become the first official members of the program’s 2017-18 recruiting class.
“Both of these guys come from an outstanding junior hockey program in the Dells Ducks,” Waldorf coach Brett Shelanski said. “They will be very prepared to not only make the jump to the college level, but to make significant contributions to our program immediately.”
Teske, a 5-foot-7 defenseman and 2015 graduate of Reedsburg Area High School in Reedsburg, Wis., played two years of high school hockey and was a starter during both seasons before making the move to the junior hockey ranks. He played four seasons of junior hockey, spending the past three years with the Ducks. Aside from playing on a national championship team, he also was a part of the Dells team that won the 2014-15 Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MnJHL) title.
“Sean brings a very steady game with a wealth of playoff experience,” Shelanski said. “He can play in any situation and will fill an immediate need for us.”
Teske is excited about the opportunity to continue the sport he loves while earning a college education.
“It is an accomplishment to me because it has been my goal to play competitive college hockey,” Teske said.
Teske is the son of Gary and Gina Teske and will pursue a wellness degree at Waldorf with an emphasis in health management. He said he opted to continue his career with the Warriors due to the winning tradition of the university’s hockey program.
“I chose Waldorf because it has a successful hockey program and I want to be a part of a team that will win a national championship,” Teske said.
Set to compete for the Warriors next season, Teske is expected to continue his on-ice success.
“Sean has a great work ethic and energy and never seems to panic under pressure,” Shelanski said. “All of these attributes made him a top priority for us this offseason and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Warrior hockey program.”
Munnelly, a 2015 Bauer-Emerson Prep Academy graduate, was a four-year varsity starter and letter winner for the Revolution during his high school career. The 5-foot-9 forward from Elk River, Minn. is expected to aid Waldorf’s attack.
“Jaydn will add depth and grit up front for us,” Shelanski said. “He plays a 200-foot game and has offensive upside. He has a 40-point junior season to his credit and has also been used in a defensive role during his junior hockey career.”
For Munnelly, signing with the Warriors is also a goal he’s been targeting since his youth.
“Having the opportunity to continue playing hockey while pursuing a college education has been a lifetime goal, so it means the world to me and my family,” Munnelly said.
Munnelly is the son of Dennis and Susannah Munnelly and will earn double majors at Waldorf, studying business administration and criminal justice with an emphasis in fire science. The welcoming and supportive atmosphere of the university’s campus led him to join the Warriors.
“Visiting Waldorf University, I got to experience that everyone here supports everyone, which makes it feel like a big family,” Munnelly said. “With a great school and a friendly community, it wasn’t hard to pick Waldorf.”
A strong junior hockey career with a postseason run all the way to the national crown has Munnelly ready to succeed when he steps onto the ice for Waldorf next season.
“Jaydn is a battle-tested playoff performer with a tremendous work ethic and discipline,” Shelanski said. “He was part of a national championship team in his time with the Dells Ducks. We are very excited to add Jaydn’s skill, experience and determination to our lineup.”
Teske and Munnelly come to a Waldorf program that put together its fifth consecutive season with at least 20 victories this year. The Warriors turned in a 21-11-1 record during the 2016-17 campaign, picking up nine wins over regionally-ranked opponents. During Waldorf’s final year in the Northern Collegiate Hockey League (NCHL), the Warriors posted a 9-3 conference record to secure the No. 2 seed in the NCHL Tournament and also earned their fourth straight American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II Central Region Tournament appearance. Waldorf is set to join the ACHA’s National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division next season.