(Swan Valley Stampeders Press Release)
The Swan Valley Stampeders are pleased to announce the commitment of 1993 born defenceman, Andrew Howard, to the Dakota College Lumberjacks for next season.
Andrew joins the Lumberjacks following a one season Junior A career in Swan Valley. The Texas born defenceman played 60 regular season games, scoring 3 goals while adding 7 assists, and added 2 assists in 6 playoff games.
Stampeders head coach and general manager Erik Petersen was very happy in making the announcement.
“Andy was a very pleasant surprise out of camp last season, and through his excellent work ethic, quickly progressed to a valuable, steady defenceman on our team. I’m extremely happy to announce that Andrew’s joining of the Stampeders and the MJHL, has paid off as the stepping stone into College. Andrew was the ultimate teammate in Swan River, and did everything he was asked, game in and game out. I wish Tex the very best of luck in his college career, and in the future. The Lumberjacks are getting a 1st class person in Andrew Howard” finished Petersen.
Botineau Head Coach Travis Rybchinski adds that they’re very excited to have Howard a part of the Lumberjack Hockey family.
“We are fortunate to get a player like Andrew from the Manitoba Junior League. All the past players we have gotten from the MJHL have worked out well and do not expect Andrew to be any different. He will be an important piece of the puzzle for us to reach our goals. Not only are we getting a solid defenseman we are getting a solid person. He is what a coach looks for in a student-athlete."
Dakota College of Bottineau is a varsity program and are members of the NJCAA. More information can be found at www.dakotacollege.edu
With this latest announcement, the Stamps have successfully placed 5 of 7 graduated players to the college-university ranks, and there are more to follow.