As the summer breeze of the off season continues, graduates from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League continue to make commitments to compete at the next level of the game.
The reigning NOJHL champion Hearst Lumberjacks have had three of their players commit to collegiate programs in the United States effective the 2019-2020 season.
League regular season and playoff most valuable player from the champs in Hearst, splendid goalie Nic Tallarico will be off to Adrian College in Michigan while standout forward Bradley Golant will attend the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.
Both schools are members of the NCAA’s Division 3, Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.
The 21-year-old Tallarico, who hails from Vancouver, B.C., posted a record of 24-10-6 in regular season play backstopping the Lumberjacks to the NOJHL’s East Division title.
He followed that with a 12-6 record in the playoffs leading Hearst to to its first-ever league championship.
Tallarico then concluded his Jr. A career by being named MVP of the Dudley-Hewitt Cup, Central Canada championship as he led the Lumberjacks to the title game.
As for Golant, the 20-year-old from Lakeville, Minn., was a over a point-per-game man for his side in 2018-2019, registering 50 in 42 outings on 19 goals and 31 assists.
He then tacked on another 23 in 18 playoffs games by nothing nine markers and dishing out a league-leading 14 helpers.
In 114 combined NOJHL contests, Golant totalled 107 points, including 49 tallies.
Meanwhile, forward Daniel Fisher will attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas and skate with the Rebels program, who compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
The 21-year-old Calgary, Alta., native saw action in 50 games with Hearst where he scored 11 times and dished out 21 assists for 32 points.
Fisher then chipped in with 11 more points in Hearst’s run to the championship when he had three goals and helped set-up eight more.
Then there are the 2017-18 Cochrane Crunch which continues to add to its list of players that have earned the opportunity to attend school and compete at the collegiate level.
Veteran defenceman Eli Hernandez will also be off to the NCHA where he will attend Trine University in Indiana.
The 20-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska, skated in 70 NOJHL games for the Crunch for which he helped bolster the Cochrane back-end and chipped in offensively with 33 points that saw him pick up seven goals and 26 assists.
Among his 13 career playoff games, 12 came in 2018 as part of Cochrane going on to win its first league crown.
Meanwhile, talented three-year Cochrane forward Nicolas Flanders is set to head to UNLV in Las Vegas to attend school and skate with the Rebels.
One of the best-ever to don a Crunch jersey, Flanders produced 121 points in 161 NOJHL games.
In that time frame, the 21-year-old from Pembroke Pines, Fla., scored on 43 occasions and dished out 78 assists.
Flanders, was also part of Cochrane’s 2017-2018 championship team.
The Elliot Lake Wildcats also have one of their own, in forward Carson Andreoli, committing to play for Niagara University’s American Collegiate Hockey Association squad in New York.
The 20-year-old from Toronto, set personal single-season highs in goals, assists and points with Elliot Lake this past season with nine, 11 and 20 respectively.
In all, Andreoli appeared in 113 league games, picking up 16 goals and as many assists.
And from the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners is Aiden Wagner, committing to Fredonia State, which is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) Athletic Conference.
From Langley, B.C., Wagner, 21, played a portion of the 2018-2019 campaign with Kirkland Lake and dressed in a total of 29 outings where the forward collected 17 goals and seven assists along the way.