There will be a familiar name on the back of an Air Force hockey jersey soon.
Matt Serratore, nephew of coach Frank Serratore, committed to play for the Falcons starting the 2015-16 season, his junior team announced Thursday.
"Matt's work ethic and hockey IQ is his strength," Penticton (B.C.) coach Fred Harbinson said. "He continues to grow as a player and will be a great addition for Air Force in 2015."
Under NCAA rules, coach Serratore cannot comment on a commit until he passes basic training in Jacks Valley the summer before his first year.
Serratore, 19, is the son of Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore.
The forward has 10 points (four goals) in 35 contests, including two goals and five points in his last eight games in the British Columbia Hockey League. The Bemidji, Minn., native is one of his team's top defensive forwards and penalty-killers, according to the press release.
He expressed his excitement via Twitter: "Dream come true #gofalcons."
Matt Serratore played three seasons at Bemidji High School, tallying 91 points (49 goals) in 80 games.