Illinois State Redbirds welcome Michael Natoli to the family!
Natoli, a 5′-8″ 175 lb. defenseman is a Bloomington/Normal, IL native. He joins the Redbirds after a successful season with the Bloomington Thunder 18U team in 2022! Natoli spent the past season coaching the U16 and U18 youth hockey teams in Bloomington.
Natoli chose ISU because of “the home feeling it gave me right off the start. I love the atmosphere around the boys and the university as a whole.” He currently is an Agriculture Business major. “Chris Prewitt was my favorite coach. He gave me a leadership role on the team and showed me how to be a great leader and has helped me become a better hockey player overall,” Natoli stated. Michael’s biggest supporter is his family, loved ones, and former teammates. Natoli said his favorite hockey memory was, “scoring a goal in the state tournament last year against Highland Park Falcons CSDHL to beat the #2 ranked team in the state.” Natoli is looking forward to getting to complete his last few years of school and being on the hockey team, meeting new teammates.
“We are excited to add Natoli to our defensive core for next year. He brings a ton of experience and great leadership qualities. I am excited to see what he can achieve at the college level!” – Coach Chris Prewitt.
Michael Natoli joins former teammates turned Redbirds including; Tony Campise, Brendan Donovan, Brock Brandenburg, Jackson Gram, and AJ Kowalczyk.
If you’re interested in playing for ISU Hockey, we encourage you to fill out our Recruit Form under the team tab on our website!