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Illinois State University Hockey welcomes Alex Matsas!

The Illinois State Redbirds welcome Alex Matsas to the family! Matsas, a 6’-1” 175lb forward hails from Sleepy Hollow, IL. He joins the Redbirds after a successful season with the Chicago Mission. He scored 5 goals, 8 assists in 25 games played last season. .

Matsas chose Illinois State University because it was so close to home and the cost was

acceptable. He intends to major in Business Management. His favorite coach was Nick DeSalvo and his biggest supporters are his family.

Matsas’s best hockey memory was winning state. His favorite food is chicken, and he is most

looking forward to hockey games as well as meeting new people. Three goals Matsas hopes to

achieve at Illinois State University is to have a winning season, get better every year and, get

Bigger.

“We are thrilled to have Alex coming to the Redbirds. He has good size, speed, and skill with a desire to get better and bigger. He has the potential to make a difference immediately.” -Coach Bobby DiNardi

The Redbirds are building to make a run at their first ACHA D1 conference title in 2021-2022,

as they play their second season in the Midwest College Hockey conference. For more

information on the conference, click here.

If you are interested in playing for Illinois State University, we encourage you to fill out our

Recruit Form on our website. Your next opportunity to see the Redbirds on the ice is in August

for the 6th Annual Red-White Cup!

 

Redbirds welcome Mark Imburgia!

The Illinois State Redbirds welcome Mark Imburgia to the family! Mark, a 6’ 155lb goalie, played last season with the Chicago Bruins. He posted a .915 Save Percentage and 1.8 Goals against average in 25 games played. He has previously played for Team Illinois, Chicago Fury, and Highland Park Falcons.

Imburgia joins the Redbirds following his successful season with the Bruins. He chose Illinois State University because he knew that ISU had a good hockey program along with an affordable education. “That made me realize this was the place for me,” says Imburgia. He intends to major in business. His favorite coach ever is Mike Rohdenburg. “He coached me for 1 year at U18 and he always knew how to keep the team loose,” Imburgia says. His biggest supporters are his parents and siblings.

Imburgia’s favorite hockey memory was winning the National Championship in 2017 with the Highland Park Falcons in his 14U season. He most looks forward to meeting and hanging out with the guys on the team. His three goals while attending Illinois State are to maintain a good GPA, to win the championship for the league, and to win the National Championship.

“Mark will be a critical piece to our long-term growth. He moves well and has a desire to grow his game. We want people to come here understanding the work it will take to compete every night and Mark has shown us he’s willing to put in the work. We are excited to see where he can take his game.” – Coach Bobby DiNardi

The Redbirds are building to make a run at their first ACHA D1 conference title in 2021-22 season after losing the last title game played. The Redbirds will play their second season in the Midwest College Hockey conference. For more information on the conference, click here.

If you are interested in playing for Illinois State University, we encourage you to fill out our Recruit Form. Your next opportunity to see the Redbirds on the ice is in July for the 6th Annual Red-White Cup!

Redbirds land Papachrisanthou! Welcome Matthew!

The Illinois State Redbirds welcome Matthew Papachrisanthou to the family! Matthew, a  5’10” 160lb forward/defensemen hails from Millstadt, IL. Last season, he skated with the St. Louis Jr. Blues. Matthew suffered an injury and was only able to play a handful of games. He spent time with Affton, Chesterfield, and Carshield in his previous seasons.

Papachrisanthou chose Illinois State University because he loved campus when he first saw it and how they also have a great program for his major. He intends to major in Business Administration.  His favorite coach was his u14 and u15 AAA coach, Joe Watson, “he gave me the opportunities that no other coach would.”  His mom and dad are his biggest supporters.

Papachrisanthou’s biggest goal was when he scored the game’s winning goal in the u16 NAPHL championship. His biggest hockey memory was having the opportunity to go to Nationals his u14 year. His favorite food is sushi, and he is most looking forward to doing things on his own as well as making new friends. Three goals Papachrisanthou hopes to achieve at Illinois State University is to graduate, to get prepared for real life after school, and to learn things about his major that will help him succeed.

“We’re excited to see Matthew grow. He’s a great skater and has the tools. Unfortunately, playing with the Blues he had a long-term injury and missed most of the season. We hope he works to have his true potential shine through at Illinois State and after the conversations I’ve had with him, I’m confident that will be his approach to his career at ISU.” – Coach DiNardi

The Redbirds are building to make a run at their first ACHA D1 conference title in 2021-2022, as they play their second season in the Midwest College Hockey conference. For more information on the conference, click here.

If you are interested in playing for Illinois State University, we encourage you to fill out our Recruit form on our website. Your next opportunity to see the Redbirds on the ice is in August for the 6th Annual Red-White Cup!