SIJHL MVP Robertson commits to NCAA D-III St. Mary’s of MIAC



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Release date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SIJHL MVP Robertson commits to NCAA D-III St. Mary’s of MIAC

FORT FRANCES, Ont. – The Fort Frances Lakers of the Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday that SIJHL most valuable player Dylan Robertson has committed to attend school at St. Mary’s University and skate for the Cardinals men’s hockey program that competes out the NCAA D-III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The Atlanta, Ga., product did it all for the Lakers this past season helping lead Fort Frances to their third consecutive Bill Salonen Cup league championship.

Robertson led all SIJHL skaters in offensive numbers with 88 points in 53 regular season games on 31 goals and 57 assists.

The Lakers captain went on to garner league top defensive forward laurels and was also named a CCM Hockey first team all-star at forward as well the SIJHL’s Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions MVP.

Robertson continued his stellar play in the postseason topping all players in scoring with 17 points in 10 outings, including a league-best 10 tallies, which earned him the Gongshow Gear playoff MVP award.

He was also recently named to the Canadian Junior Hockey League Central all-star team at forward for his efforts.

“We are very happy for Dylan in his choice of schools,” stated Fort Frances head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan.

“The St. Mary’s program is strong and he will help them on and off the ice. We can’t say enough for what he has done on the ice for our hockey team the last two seasons,” added Strachan.

“He was a good ambassador of our program. He enjoyed his time in Fort Frances and was always respectful in the community. We wish Dylan continued success and hope he reaches all of his goals in the future.”

Based in Winona, Minn., the St. Mary’s Cardinals complete in the 10-school MIAC under head coach Bill Moore.

The finished the 2015-16 campaign in fifth spot in the MIAC and posted a 10-13-3 overall record.

In other Lakers news the club announced today that they will be holding a summer tryout camp at Broncos Arena in International Falls, Minn., July 15-17.

Fort Frances also announced their first signing in veteran forward Dylan Kooner, who will return to the Lakers line-up for the 2016-17 campaign.

After re-joining the team earlier in the season, the 19-year-old Abbotsford, B.C., product was slowed by a lengthy injury, which saw him miss close to two and a half months, but returned to average over a point-per-game with 33 in 29 games, including 17 goals.

Kooner also contributed many big points in the playoffs with seven in 10 games helping the club win their third straight Bill Salonen Cup.

At the Dudley-Hewitt Cup in Kirkland Lake, Ont., he scored on penalty shots in consecutive games.

“We are extremely pleased to have Dylan return to the Lakers organization,” said Strachan.

“With a strong summer of adding muscle, we feel Dylan can improve on his numbers from last season. His game is speed and when he plays with some tenacity can create a lot of offense for our hockey team. We will look to Dylan to be one of our leaders and players to keep a strong tradition of success going.”

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