Defenseman Thomas Dyball will be joining former Soo Eagles teammate Jake Palmerio with the Concordia University Falcons, which is a Division 3, National Collegiate Athletic Association program.
Dyball, who has a 1998 birth date, could have returned to the Eagles for his final season of Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League eligibility in 2018-2019.
However, Eagles general manager Bruno Bragagnolo encouraged the 6-foot-1, 190-pound defender from Nebraska to take the offer to play at Concordia, which is based in Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee.
“Thomas is a great kid and a good player who worked hard and developed during his one season with us,” Bragagnolo told Hockey News North. “He was set to return to us for the coming season when he got the offer from Concordia.
“I told him that Concordia is a good school with a good hockey program and any time you get a college offer like that, you should take it. Thomas is coach-able and a hard worker and we are happy for him,” Bragagnolo added.
Earlier this off season, Concordia had committed to the aforementioned Palmerio, who is a 1997 birth year forward and who was the Eagles captain during the 2017-2018 season. Palmerio is a Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. product.
Not only are the Eagles moving players to the American college ranks, no less than seven players from the 2017-2018 edition of the NOJHL club have signed with teams in the North American Hockey League ahead of the 2018-2019 campaign.
“It is why we are here, to try to develop players and move them to a higher level of hockey,” Bragagnolo said evenly.
EAGLES MAIN CAMP
Soo Eagles will hold their main tryout camp on Friday through Sunday of this week at Big Bear Arena in the Michigan Soo.
Camp check-in is Friday at 4 p.m.
From this weekend’s main camp, the Eagles will finalize their roster ahead of the 2018-2019 NOJHL season.
Cost to attend the tryout camp is $125, American funds.
Registration is via www.sooeagles.net.
For more information, call Eagles general manager Bruno Bragagnolo at 847-921-4543 or 906-259-0522.