Alberni – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very proud to announce that
Jared Wilson has committed to the NCAA Division I program at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute for 2014/15.
The RPI Engineers are
members of the Eastern College Athletic Conference and play out of the
Houston Field House in Troy, New York.
RPI is coming off
another successful season under head coach Seth Appert. In 2012/13, the
Engineers finished with an overall record of 18-14-5 and a conference
record of 12-7-3.
Wilson is the third Alberni Valley
Bulldogs recruit in recent years by RPI, following in the footsteps of
former Bulldogs Johnny Rogic and Evan Tironese. Wilson will also be
joining former ‘Dogs head coach Nolan Graham who is currently an
assistant coach with RPI.
In 50 regular season games in
2012/13, Wilson led all rookie defencemen in the BCHL in scoring with 10
goals and added 22 assists for 32 points, had a shooting percentage of
14.08%, and defensively had a plus/minus rating of +6. 14 of Wilson’s 32
points came on the power play (6G, 8A).
“Wilson came in to
camp having worked very hard in the off-season, and it shows,” said head
coach and general manager Kevin Willison.
In the first 5
games of the 2013/14 season, Wilson leads the team with 6 points (2
goals and 4 assists). Both Wilson’s goals have been on the power play.
“We are extremely happy for Jared and it’s great to see his hard work
is paying off,” added Willison. “We are very proud of what he has
accomplished to put himself in a position to be a highly touted recruit
to a top NCAA Division 1 program.”
Wilson’s outstanding play
during the 2012/13 season and into the BCHL Conference Finals garnered a
lot of NHL interest. However, it was Wilson’s dominant play at the
Bauer BCHL Showcase that has carried that NHL interest into this season.
The coaching staff has been receiving several calls from NHL clubs
already this season.
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs family is
very proud of Jared for his commitment to RPI and look forward to many
great things from him and from the team this season.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)