The Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey program is pleased to announce a commitment from goaltender Alexandre Sirard (Calgary, AB) to attend Selkirk College and compete for the Saints beginning in the 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.
Sirard joins the Saints following three seasons of junior hockey spent in the WHL, AJHL and SJHL. As an 18-year old, Sirard saw action with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos and compiled a record of 3-4-1 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .870 save percentage in nine games. He went on to play two-plus seasons of Junior A hockey, primarily with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Melville Millionaires. He was named the Mills’ Playoff MVP in 2011 following a first-round series loss to the Estevan Bruins, who he held to 11 goals on 172 shots over five games.
Sirard split the 2011/12 season between the University of Regina and the Prairie Junior Hockey League’s Pilot Butte Storm, who he helped to a league championship following his late season addition. He concluded his junior career with a record of 29 wins, 27 losses and 7 ties.
“Alex is a talented netminder whose experience in Major Junior and Junior A hockey has prepared him well to take the next step at the college level,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “With a largely new group coming in this fall, getting solid and steady goaltending will be crucial to team success early in the season. Alex is coming off a championship run last season and he’s highly motivated to be a key piece of another winning team at Selkirk College.”
The 21-year old has shown an ability to step up his game in the playoffs, where he has posted a 2.68 goals-against average and .927 save percentage over the past two seasons.
“I’m excited to be coming to Selkirk College and joining the Saints,” says Sirard, who describes himself as a quick, athletic goaltender with a good foot work. “I’m looking to establish myself as a top player in the BCIHL and play a role in building a winning team, while also having good marks in school.”
Sirard is the second goaltender to commit to the Saints this offseason, joining former KIJHL and VIJHL stand-out Stephen Wolff.