English River Miners would like to wish good luck to the following players who recently accepted offers to play college hockey:
Miners Captain Bryan Kromm led his team both on and off the ice. With his never quit attitude Kromm won the Tyler Mills Memorial – Unsung Hero Award. Bryan has committed to play ACHA- Division 1 for the University of Jamestown with fellow Miner Destin Robinson.
Assistant Captain Ryker Moreau was a Miner for his junior career. 2015/16 Moreau led the team in scoring winning the Onaway Lodge Leading Scorer award to go along with his second Goldcorp Most Dedicated Player award. With franchise records in games played, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes Ryker will continue playing hockey at Simon Fraser University in the BCIHL.
Assistant Captain Brandon Schaber had a great 2015/2016 season leading the Miners in hits and blocked shots. With 10 goals and 18 assists in the regular season Brandon led the defence in both ends on the way to winning the miners Defenceman Of The Year Award. Brandon has committed to play NCAA-D-III at St. Mary’s University.
Destin “Dez” Robinson led all Miners forwards with 134 blocked shots. Highly skilled, Dez showed his abilities in both ends of the rink being a strong two way player and killing penalties. Dez has committed to play ACHA- Division 1 for the University of Jameston along with fellow Miner Bryan Kromm.
Landon Matechuk played parts of two seasons for the Miners compiling an impressive 52 points in 54 career games. His offensive abilities will be on display starting this fall as Landon will continue to play hockey for the University of Victoria.
Former Miner Richard Dartnall has committed to play for the Keyano Huskies (Fort McMurray, AB) in the ACAC well going to school. Dartnall posted 53 points (Goals 15, Assists 38) in 95 games played over 2 seasons. Richard Dartnall was 1 of the fan favourites on and off the ice. We would like to wish Richard Darts the best in his future and with school.
Miners MVP and league runner up for the same award John Morales, from Torrance California will attend Saint Mary’s University. Morales, arguably the leagues most exciting player, scored 30 goals and 32 assists to lead the team in scoring. A rare combination of speed, skill and toughness, John will be a huge asset to Saint Mary’s Hockey Program.
Import Defenseman Will Wickersham from Richmond, Virginia became an instant fan favorite on and off the ice with his hard work ethic and his never ending service in the community. The Miners Assistant Captain was rewarded with the Miners best defenseman award this past season as well as the community service award. Next season Will will be manning the blueline in the ECAC for Nichols College. In the 44 games for the Miners he had 4 goals and 6 assists.
Assistant captain Brendan Wilde has accepted on offer to play for Williston State in the NJCAA. Wilde became a great leader on and off the ice and was one of the premier penalty killers this past season in the SIJHL. The Surrey BC native had 20 goals and 25 assists which also included 4 game winners. His passion for the game never went unnoticed. Brendan also was a weekly player of the week award recipient.
Center Paul Lamoureaux from Sherwood Park Alberta has accepted an offer to play D1 at Liberty University in the ACHA. The highly skilled forward battled through an injury filled season that saw him put up 16 goals and 13 assists in 40 games.