NCAA DIVISION I-COMMITTED FORWARD HEADED TO ALBERNI VALLEY FROM USPHL’S ISLANDERS
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are pleased to announce that 2000-born forward Nicholas Seitz has committed to join the team for the 2018/19 British Columbia Hockey League season.
Seitz is from New York City and currently plays with the P.A.L. Junior Islanders in the U.S. Premier Hockey League’s U18 Division, where he led his team with 11 goals and 24 points in 18 regular season games. In June 2017, Seitz committed to attend Princeton University and suit up for the NCAA Division I Tigers men’s hockey program for the 2020/21 season.
“Nick is a highly skilled player with good size and tremendous awareness and offensive instincts,” says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. “I had the opportunity to see him play over our Christmas break at the Mac’s Tournament in Calgary and he jumped out immediately as a high-end BCHL prospect and a great fit for our style of play. Everyone we’ve spoken to who has coached or played with Nick speaks very highly of his work ethic and character, and we’re thrilled he’s chosen to take the next steps in his development as a Bulldog.”
“We’re also please to add another player from the Junior Islanders program after the positive impact that Michael Sacco has had on our team this season.”
Before joining the Islanders, Seitz spent the previous four seasons with the North Jersey Avalanche youth hockey program, working his way up through the club’s Bantam and U16 teams. After his first U16 season he was selected in the USHL Futures Draft by the Chicago Steel, and in his second year with the team he scored 22 goals and totaled 46 points in 31 games in the T1EHL.
“I’m extremely excited about joining the Bulldogs next season and I’m looking forward to making an immediate impact for the team,” says Seitz, who describes himself as a responsible, 200-foot player with a high hockey IQ, strong offensive skills and a good shot. “I’ve always had an interest in playing in the BCHL and Coach Matt is the reason I chose the Bulldogs. I’ve had many great conversations and met him a couple of months ago. I believe he’s a player’s coach and I’ll be fully committed to his system. I want to step in next year and help the Bulldogs have a winning season.”
Seitz will complete the 2017/18 season with the P.A.L. Junior Islanders and join the Bulldogs for training camp in August.
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