Wood is good at Sault College

February 2, 2023
Caleb Wood

He is an academic standout at Sault College as a Business Administration major with a 3.50 grade point average. He is also the captain and scoring leader on the Cougars men’s hockey team. And Caleb Wood is also a former Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League star who has good memories from his three seasons with first the Soo Eagles and then the Soo Thunderbirds.

The 20-year old Wood is in his second year of school and hockey at Sault College. He netted nine goals, 10 assists, 19 points in just 11 games of what was a shortened 2021-2022 hockey season for Sault College. And this season he has team leading totals of 21 goals, 22 assists, 43 points in 21 games for the Cougars, who take a record of 9-11-1 into a pair of weekend home games.

“We have a good group here,” Wood relayed to Hockey News North. “We have a good coaching staff led by Mike Hall and we have a lot of good leaders on our team. This is a really good team to be a part of. I am excited for where we are as team and what lies ahead for us.”

After graduating from the Business program this year, Wood said he plans on returning to Sault College again in the fall to begin the Sports Administration program. A well spoken, mature young man, Wood said he would recommend Sault College to any good player looking to combine a good hockey program at a school that is renowned as a top community college with a wide variety of academic and career options.

Successfully combining school and hockey at Sault College, Wood said he has retained good memories from his three seasons in the NOJHL. In 105 games with the Michigan-based Soo Eagles, Wood was good for 39 goals, 32 assists, 71 points. And in a Covid-shortened season with the Soo Thunderbirds that wound up his NOJHL career, Wood put his stick on 10 goals, 13 assists, 23 points in just 21 games.

“Playing for (head coach) Doug Laprade and (part owner and general manager) Bruno Bragagnolo with the Eagles was a great experience and so was my time with the Thunderbirds with a great coaching staff led by Denny Lambert. I fill never forget those times with both of those organizations. They treated the players really well.”

Sault College plays within the Division 2, American Collegiate Hockey Association ranks. Asked to compare the level of the ACHA with the NOJHL, Wood said the college game “is a lot more physical. And there are so many good players and schools. I know how many good teams we have already played this season.”

Caleb Wood of the Sault College Cougars pursues the puck in American Collegiate Hockey Association action against the Lake Superior State Lakers. (photo by Bob Davies)

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