The Winkler Flyers are pleased to announce that graduating goaltender Reed Peters has committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA Division I) for the 2013-2014 season. Peters was the Flyers Playoff MVP and Regular Season MVP during his final season with the Orange and Black.
"It feels like a dream come true" said Peters. "To know that I'll be playing at UNO is an amazing feeling"
"I wouldn't be here today without all the great support, encouragement and opportunity that my coaches, teammates, fans, friends and most importantly my family have given me throughout my life. I am very greatful for everything that has happened."
"Winkler was a great place to develop as a hockey player and as a person. I wouldn't trade it for the world." concluded Peters.
Returning for his second stint with the Flyers in 2012-2013, Peters backstopped the club during their improbably run to the post season and was outstanding in their first round playoff series against the Winnipeg Blues.
The Morden native sported a 17-12-7 record during the regular season with a 3.13 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. During the playoffs, his save percentage jumped to .939 and his goals against average fell to 2.11.
"This is a great accomplishment for Reed" mentioned Flyers Head Coach and General Manager Ken Pearson.
"Being able to move one of our players on to the highest level of NCAA hockey is what it's all about. Reed is a great player and a great person and he is the one that earned this opportunity." added Pearson.
The University of Nebraska-Omaha is one of the premiere NCAA Division I hockey programs in the United States. The Mavericks will play next season in the newly formed NCHC (National Collegiate Hockey Conference) with other NCAA Division I schools such as North Dakota, Denver, Minnesota-Duluth, Western-Michigan and St. Cloud State. Former Flyers goaltender Dayn Belfour is also on the Mavericks roster.
The entire Winkler Flyers organization would like to congratulate Reed for choosing to further his education and hockey career at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The Flyers would also like to wish Reed and the Mavericks all the best next season.
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