Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Freshman Mike Dalhuisen To Play For Dutch National Team

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey freshman Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland) has been selected to play for the Dutch National Team at the 2010 IIHF Division I World Championships in Tilburg, Holland. The round-robin tournament will run from April 19 and through April 25, with the Netherlands facing Japan, Ukraine, Latvia, Austria and Serbia, all of which comprise Group A. Dalhuisen previously played for the Netherlands' U18 and U20 teams.

At the age of 17, Dalhuisen became the youngest player in Netherlands history to play for the U18, U20 and the Division I team in program history. Dalhuisen helped the Dutch U20 team to a Gold Medal once, while also guiding the U18 to three consecutive Silver Medal finishes. In his last showing, he helped the Division I team that finished fourth in the tournament.

"It is a great feeling and a tremendous honor anytime you are lucky enough to represent your home country," Dalhuisen said. "I will make the most of it and hopefully we'll come out of it with some solid wins under our belt and a shiny medal around our necks."

Dalhuisen completed his first year of NCAA Division I men's ice hockey with the Bobcats, totaling one goal and six assists for seven points in 36 games played. Dalhuisen scored his first career goal, which stood as the game-winner, in a 5-0 win against St. Lawrence on Feb. 12, 2010. Dalhuisen had a career-high two assists against St. Lawrence at home on Nov. 7, and also matched his career-high against Brown on Feb. 26. The first-year defenseman had an assist against nationally-ranked UMass on Nov. 28 and Princeton on Jan. 4.

Dalhuisen previously played for the Lincoln Stars of the United States Junior Hockey League. In three years of junior hockey, Dalhuisen totaled five goals and 24 assists for 29 points in 123 career games. He also played one season for the Chicago Steel. ­­