Trenton Golden Hawks forward Shawn Hulshof (photo credit - Shawn Muir/OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the Sacred Heart University Pioneers beginning with the 2013-14 Atlantic Hockey season.
The Trenton Golden Hawks picked up the Stouffville, Ontario native in 2011-12 and the 18-year old rookie made his OJHL debut. Playing on a veteran-laden squad, Hulshof would leave his mark, finishing sixth in scoring on the Hawks with 18 goals and 44 points in 47 games played to help Trenton finish in first place in the East Division standings. He would add another three points as the Golden Hawks were upset by Kingston in the playoffs. After missing some games early in 2012-13 due to a knee injury suffered during Team Canada East camp, he would consistently get stronger as the season progressed, finishing fourth on the Golden Hawks in scoring with 45 points in 52 games played.. Hulshof, who also tied for the team lead with 25 goals and notched four game-winning goals for the regular season champions, tied for the North-East Conference scoring lead in February on the strength of 7 goals and 13 points to be named the North-East Conference Gongshow Gear Player-of-the-Month. Entering February on a two game point scoring streak, the power forward would extend the streak to a career-high seven games that saw him notch 12 points and he would record points in seven of nine Golden Hawks contests during the month. Hulshof's tremendous regular season in 2012-13 earned him a spot on the OJHL East Division All-Star Team that would win the 2012 Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge that was held in Wellington, Ontario. He would record a single assist during the tourney en route to a shootout victory over the CCHL Yzerman Division All-Stars in the championship game. He would finish his OJHL career with three points in the club's four game upset sweep at the hands of the Cobourg Cougars in the 2013 playoffs.
Congratulations to Shawn and best of luck in his NCAA Division I career!
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