Kingston Voyageurs defenceman Mike Crocock (photo credit - Tim Bates/OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the Sacred Heart University Pioneers beginning with the 2015-16 Atlantic Hockey season.
The Brantford, Ontario native would join the OJHL in 2011-12 as a member of the Burlington Cougars, after spending the previous year playing Junior 'B' in Brantford and Welland. The 6th round pick of the OHL's London Knights in 2010 and Cougars alternate captain would finish second among rearguards in scoring on the club, registering 4 goals and 18 points in 47 regular season games played, while registering another three points in nine post-season contests.
Following the season, Crocock was on the move, initially traded to the CCHL's Pembroke Lumber Kings to start the season. He continued his stellar play and would be selected to play for Team Canada East at the 2012 World Junior 'A' Challenge that was held in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. However, he would find himself on the move once again as the trade deadline approached, ultimately winding up in Summerside, where he would win an MHL title and participate with the host Western Capitals in the 2013 RBC Cup, National Junior 'A' Championship, falling to Brooks in the final.
The rearguard would start this campaign as a member of the Capitals, but would be traded back to the OJHL, joining the Vees after only 19 games played this season. Crocock has been a stabilizing force on the blueline for the Vees thus far and has recorded 11 points in just 16 games played.
"Mike will be back with us next season in a leadership role," said Voyageurs Head Coach Colin Birkas. "We are very proud of him and glad the OJHL was able to help him achieve his dream of playing NCAA Division I hockey."
Congratulations to Mike and best of luck the rest of this season and beyond!
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