Three players who skated in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in 2013-2014 are off to the American Collegiate Hockey Association ranks.
The three are forward Duane Wainman via the Espanola Rivermen and North Bay Trappers, forward and NOJHL scoring leader Gavin Burbach of the Soo Thunderbirds and defenceman Vinny Barra of the Blind River Beavers.
Wainman is headed to Lindenwood University while Burbach and Barra are off to Robert Morris University-Illinois.
Both are Division 1 ACHA schools.
Wainman, who hails from the north central Ontario village of Sundridge, produced 17 goals, 25 assists, 42 points in 47 games divided between Espanola and North Bay in 2013-2014.
Through his Sudbury-based player agency, Forward Thinking Athletic Advisory Group, Wainman said he has always wanted to play college hockey.
“The opportunity to play with the Lindenwood Lynx gives me a great deal of gratitude as well as an overwhelming feeling of achievement,” said Wainman.
“For my friends and family who have been there for me throughout the years, having achieved this goal has given them a sense of pride. With my recent signing with the Forward Thinking Athletic Advisory Group, I am also confident that I can continue this journey with piece of mind throughout my university hockey career and onward,” added Wainman.
Meanwhile, Burbach heads to Robert Morris U. after a spectacular end to his NOJHL career in 2013-2014 when he had 48 goals, 39 assists, 87 points in 56 regular-season games for the Soo.
Barra — who is represented by Chicago-based advisor J.D. Maciuk Consulting — is off to Robert Morris U. following a single NOJHL campaign in which he had 1 goal, 8 assists, 9 points win 53 regular-season games with Blind River.
PHOTO: Hustling forward Duane Wainman spent the 2013-2014 season with both the Espanola Rivermen and the North Bay Trappers.