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Saints' mid-season pick-up has NCAA Div. 3 experience

Selkirk Saints have picked up former NCAA Div. 3 and KIJHL player Colin Minardi for the remainder of the season. - Submitted
Selkirk Saints have picked up former NCAA Div. 3 and KIJHL player Colin Minardi for the remainder of the season.
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The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program is pleased to announce a playing commitment from forward Colin Minardi (Summerland, B.C.) to join the Saints for the remainder of the 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.

Minardi has transferred to Selkirk from Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan, where he spent the first half of the season playing NCAA Division III hockey for the Lions. The 21-year old played nine games during the fall semester, picking up five assists and 19 penalty minutes.

"Colin is a skilled and versatile forward who can play either at centre or on the wing," says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. "Like any player who joins midway through the season he’s going to have to earn his opportunities, but he has all the tools to be an impact player for us both this year and in future seasons."

Prior to his time at Finlandia, Minardi spent three seasons in the KIJHL with the North Okanagan Knights and Summerland Steam. He picked up 46 goals and 63 assists in 122 regular season games, including 30 points in 24 games as the Steam’s captain last season.

At the trade deadline he was dealt to the VIJHL’s Victoria Cougars, where he added 17 points and helped the team to a league championship.

"I’m looking forward to playing for Selkirk while furthering my education," says Minardi, who describes himself as a strong two-way player. "I’ve heard great things about Coach Dubois and the guys on the team; it sounds like they are all hard working and that’s big for me. I enjoy working hard and being pushed by my teammates to be better. Plus the team’s record speaks for itself."

The Saints next home game is scheduled for Saturday, January 12th when second place Simon Fraser University visits the Castlegar Rec Complex. Faceoff is set for 7:30 PM.

 

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