Release date: Monday, May 30, 2016
GM Ice Dogs’ Pouncy commits to Northland College of the NCHA
DRYDEN, Ont. – The Dryden GM Ice Dogs of the Superior International Junior Hockey League has announced that defenceman Kyle Pouncy will be off to attend school and play collegiate hockey in the U.S. in the fall after committing to attend Northland College, who are members of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.
The 20-year-old Kamloops, B.C. product led all Dryden defencemen in offensive production in 2015-16 amassing 42 points in 56 games on 13 goals and 29 assists.
That total was also the third highest among all SIJHL blueliners and he paced all league D-men in game-winning goals with four.
Playoff action saw the GM Ice Dogs assistant captain pick 10 more points in a dozen outings, including two tallies.
His efforts throughout the season also saw him named a CCM Hockey first team all-star on defence and being a finalist for the SIJHL’s Amyottes Awards & Promotions most valuable player honour.
Pouncy was also named the league’s RBC scholastic player of the year.
“This commitment means a lot,” stated Northland head coach Seamus Gregory.
“We have been recruiting Kyle for over parts of two seasons,” added Gregory.
“We have a connection with Dryden, as our assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, Michael Lennon, played there. They do a fantastic job with their guys and have really turned a corner in the last two seasons.”
Speaking on what he feels Pouncy will bring to the Lumberjacks program; the Northland coach added these thoughts.
“We feel Kyle has a lot of upside. He moves the puck, has good vision, a great first pass and can jump in the rush; all things we need. He will compete right away. Aside from his abilities on the ice, he is one of our top recruits academically. He is the full package”.
Pouncy becomes the latest of an ever-growing list of SIJHL alumni to attend Northland College, which is something the Northland bench boss is cognisant of.
“The SIJHL is small league, but some of our best players and more importantly, our best people have come from that league during this rebuild. The biggest thing about the SIJHL is that it’s a family type atmosphere and that’s what we have here at Northland.”
Based in Ashland, Wis., the Lumberjacks compete out of the 11-school NCHA.