Maryland Black Bears Forward, Wilmer Skoog, will forego the rest of the 2019-2020 NAHL Season to attend Boston University. Although Skoog’s stint with the Black Bears was brief, the impact he made on the ice was undeniable. The future Terrier had 15 goals and 18 assists over the 24 games he played with the Black Bears.
Wilmer Skoog wrote the following letter addressing his departure to Boston University:
“It was an honor to play for the Maryland Black Bears this season and I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me. A special thank you to Owner Murry Gunty, President Robyn Remick, Head Coach/GM Clint Mylymok, Assistant Coach Brandon Gotkin, and the entire staff, who all did an excellent job of preparing me for the next step of my hockey career.
A big thank you to my fellow teammates – it has been great playing alongside such a special group of guys. I am going to miss spending time with the boys. I have no doubt that this team will see tons of individual and collective success this season and going forward.
I would also like to thank the Padgett’s, my billets, who I now consider family. Thanks to them, my last season in Junior Hockey was one of the best times of my life.
Finally, to Black Bear Nation, thank you for your endless support you gave me and continue to give the Black Bears. It was a pleasure to play in front of the best fans in Junior Hockey. This organization is lucky to have such a passionate, dedicated, and supportive fan base.
During my time with the Black Bears, I can confidently say I left it all on the ice and I loved every minute of it. This is a first-class organization that treats their players the right way, dedicates their resources toward player progression, and focuses on teaching life lessons that go past hockey. I will always remember that.
I wish the Black Bears the best of luck this season. The future is bright for this hockey franchise.
Maryland Black Bears Head Coach, Clint Mylymok, responded with the following statement:
“We wish Wilmer all the best as he embarks onto the next phase of his career,” said Coach Mylymok. “He is a fierce competitor, and a great talent! It is never easy losing a player mid-season, but as coaches, we know this is always a possibility, as we are in the “player development” business. We feel the Maryland Black Bears and the NAHL have really helped prepare Skoog for the next step in his career, and will be cheering him on.”