After weeks of rumors in the wake of the Ivy League cancelling athletics (and Harvard taking a cautious stance on returning to normal procedure) in the continued COVID-19 crisis, five star forward Matt Beniers, previously a Crimson commit, has officially enrolled at Michigan. The Hingham, Mass native spent the last two years at the National Program, posting nearly a point-per-game while on the U18 team. Hockey reporter Mark Divver highlighted the possibility of Beniers heading to Ann Arbor weeks ago and former Michigan hockey blogger @YostBuilt tweeted that Beniers is in the student database this week. Also new this week: the Big Ten has cancelled all fall sports and suspended official team practices for all sports. They can still have optional “captain’s practices”, per Michigan’s athletics department.
Beniers joins a loaded freshman group that includes three potential lottery picks in the 2021 NHL Draft, which would be an incredible feat. The other two players, even more well-regarded than Beniers, are forward Kent Johnson and defenseman Owen Power. If the Michigan season doesn’t go on, there’s a chance the three will play together regardless. The USHL’s Chicago Steel has the rights to all three players.