Wellington Dukes forward Simon Bessette has confirmed his commitment to join the Clarkson University Golden Knight beginning with the 2012-13 ECAC season.
The 20-year old native of St. Jean, Quebec began his junior career with Collège Français de Longueuil in the QJAAAHL and was a standout while playing for Team Canada East at the 2009 World Junior 'A' Challenge. The Dukes acquired the speedy forward in 2010 and he was assigned to check the other teams top scoring lines, as well as playing on the penalty killing unit. Bessette would still manage to record 22 points in 46 games and was named Dukes' Player of the Month for May, which covered the games played at the RBC Cup, as well as winning the team award for sportsmanship. Bessette also has the dubious distinction of having scored the Dukes 5,000th franchise goal back in January, 2011 and prior to training camp this season he was named team captain. Already exceding his point total from last season, in just his first 23 games, Bessette sits fourth in scoring on the club with 32 points in 36 games played thus far.
The Clarkson Golden Knights roster includes goaltender Paul Karpowich, as well as forward Joe Zarbo, one of eight Dukes players to have moved on to the NCAA from the club's Dudley Hewitt Cup Championship in 2011.
Congratulations to Simon and best of luck in the future!
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