The '03 native of Painted Post, NY chose the Express for what turned out to be his final season of junior hockey. After a single season in the North American Tier III Hockey League (NA3HL), and a pair of seasons in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), Saurbaugh elected to come to the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) in 2022-23, and that decision ultimately to this commitment.
"Ben is a very mature '03," said Express head coach Nic Cota. "After having several years under his belt playing junior hockey, last season was the cherry on top for him. Leading our team in points, and being an all-around great teammate, was fun for me to watch as his coach. Ben will continue to do great things for Brockport. Congratulations to Ben and his family. We can’t wait to watch his career develop at the NCAA level!"
At Brockport, Saurbaugh is joining a program that always recruited players from the EHL, as the 6'3 forward goes down as the 45th player in league history to choose the school in upstate New York.
Focusing in on just the commitments from this past season, and the EHL is sending seven more players off to join the Golden Eagles, as Saurbaugh will team up with Jacob Gates from the Protec Jr. Ducks, Kyle Folkerson from the New Jersey 87's, Connor Roach from the East Coast Wizards, Trevor Joule from the New England Wolves, and both David Filak and Victor Malzahn from the Boston Jr. Rangers.
"My time with the Express was second to none," said Saurbaugh. "Coach Cota and Coach Kyle's [Robertson] commitment to their players and the organization is a huge reason why I developed, not only as a player, but as a person as well. I want to thank my family for supporting me throughout juniors. Most importantly, I want to thank my teammates for a great season and the many life-long friendships made along the way."
Learn more about the Express on the team's official website, and check out the full 2022-23 NCAA commitment list.