Buffalo Jr. Sabres defenceman Sean Federow (photo credit - Amy Deroche/OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the American International College Yellow Jackets beginning with the 2013-14 Atlantic Hockey season.
The 21-year old native of Niagara Falls, Ontario joined the OJHL in 2011-12 with the Oakville Blades after previously having spent time with the Junior 'B' Niagara Falls Canucks, as well as Millbrook Prep School in New York. Federow made an immediate impact with the Blades as a rookie, finishing fourth among the club's rearguards in scoring with three goals and ten points in 36 regular season games played. He would play even a more prominent role during Oakville's playoff run, notching four points in 11 post-season games as they downed Buffalo before falling to Georgetown.
His play during the second season caught the attention of the Jr. Sabres brass, who would pick-up Federow during the off-season to become another key acquisition in the club's best-ever regular season finish. Named one of the team's alternate captains, Federow took his offensive game to another level, helping lead the league's best offensive unit from the back-end. He would finish third among all OJHL defencemen with 11 goals and fifth in overall scoring with 43 points, which was also fifth best on his club. His play earned the 6'2", 210 lbs. pointman a spot on the OJHL West Division All-Star Team, registering one assist in three games played, at the 2012 Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge that was held in Wellington, Ontario. Despite a disappointing end to the season with a second loss to the North York Rangers, Federow played his usual strong game, notching four points in 10 playoff games to end his junior career.
Congratulations to Sean and best of luck in his NCAA Division I career!
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)