Carson Briere

Johnstown Tomahawks forward Carson Briere celebrates a goal in the first period of Saturday’s game against the Jamestown Rebels at 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial.

JOHNSTOWN – High-scoring Johnstown Tomahawks forward Carson Briére will play at Arizona State University in 2020-21, the Tomahawks announced Thursday.

The Philadelphia native – and son for former NHL standout Danny Briére – has 34 goals and 39 assists for 73 points on the year. He is third in the NAHL in scoring, with a league-best 23 goals on the power play.

Briére competed well at the 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in Attleboro, Mass., collecting four points – two goals and two assists.

"I could not be happier for Carson on his commitment to Arizona State," Tomahawks coach Mike Letizia said in a team press release.

"He has displayed this season that he is one of the most dynamic offensive players in not only our league but all of junior hockey. His ability to come up in the clutch is one of his biggest assets, along with his love of the game and how much fun he has while playing. I am extremely proud of him, and a rapidly growing program like ASU is going to be a great fit for Carson."

"It's always a great day for our program when players reach their goal of a Division I opportunity. And, it's an awesome day for Carson and his family."

Briére will join former Tomahawks captain Filips Buncis, now a sophomore season at ASU.

"I'm excited to join Arizona State University for the 2020-21 season," Briére said. "I was born in Phoenix, and my dad started his career there, and I can't wait to begin my collegiate career there, also. I'd like to thank my coaches, friends and family for all of the support and I can't wait to get started."

The Sun Devils, who first played a Division I schedule in 2016-17, are No. 11 in the latest NCAA rankings.

"What Coach (Greg) Powers and his staff have done in a short period of time is remarkable," Letizia said. "They are only going to get better and better."

The Tomahawks visit the Maryland Black Bears for two games this weekend at Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton, Md.

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