Kingston Voyageurs alternate captain Steve McParland (photo credit - Brian Watts/OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the Providence College Friars beginning with the 2012-13 Hockey East season.
McParland and Providence had been talking nearly all season long. Associate Head Coach Ben Barr from Providence first took a liking to McParland's play back in the OJHL Governors' Showcase weekend held in Cobourg back in mid October and followed it up with several visits to Kingston to watch McParland over the course of the season.
McParland was the heart and soul of the Vees lineup this season and finished the regular season with 25 goals and 30 assists for 55 points, including a league leading eight game-winning goals. In 96 total regular season games for the Vees over two seasons, McParland finished with 44 goals and 55 assists for 99 points. He also registered 8 goals and 14 assists for 22 points in 34 playoff games, which further proves the fact that McParland is a winner, having helped the Vees to back to back playoff runs of 15 games or more.
"Well its definitely a relief to finally be over and know where I'm going for next season so i can start planning my future. I'm extremely excited to play division one hockey and couldn't be happier to be going to a program as rich in history as Providence," said McParland, who plans on taking either Civil Engineering or Architecture while at Providence.
McParland becomes the third member of his family to attend an NCAA Division I program on a hockey scholarship as his brother Nick plays for Lake Superior State and his sister Jenna plays for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.
"I also want to thank the the Vees organization, both this year and last year's staff for helping me reach my end goal. The Vees are a first class organization who really care about the players here and the fans are some of the best in the league and I want to thank them for all their support in my two years as a Voyageur. It is a time I will always cherish and never forget," finished McParland.
Congratulations to Steve and best of luck in all his future endeavours!
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)