Stouffville Spirit alternate captain Paul Geiger has confirmed his commitment to join the Clarkson University Golden Knights beginning with the 2012-13 ECAC season.
The 6'3", 210 lbs. defenceman grew up playing his minor hockey in the same town in which he now mans the point for the Spirit. By grade 10 he was a key component of the Stouffville District Secondary School's OFSAA 'AA' championship season and he made the jump to OJHL in 2009-10 as a member of the Markham Waxers. Despite a tough season, where he often watched games from the stands, Geiger worked hard to improve and by 2010-11 was a full-time member of his hometown club.
Last season, now playing regular minutes, Geiger finished third on the club in scoring from the point with 34 points and helped the club on a remarkable semi-final run that would ultimately see them fall to the eventual OJHL champion Wellington Dukes.
He returned this season as the only defenceman left from the exciting playoff run and hoping to achieve his goal of an NCAA scholarship and follow in the footsteps of his Father Ross (Cornell - Hockey) and Sister Natalie (Notre Dame - Track). Thus far Geiger has not disappointed, sitting fourth on the club in scoring with 46 points in 36 games played, which also is the second-best total among all rearguards in the OJHL.
All this has been accomplished thus far, while missing a handful of games to attend the Team Canada East camp and the 2011 World Junior 'A' Challenge held in Langley, B.C. Geiger would help lead Canada East to a second consecutive silver medal performance, highlighted by a 4-2 victory over Team USA, comprised mostly of USHL players, in the semi-final game.
Congratulations to Paul and best of luck in his collegiate career!
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