Evan Ketner will pass on his final season of junior hockey to play at the Division 3, National Collegiate Athletic Association level this fall, HockeyNewsNorth.com has confirmed.
A 1996 birth-year forward, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Ketner produced 21 goals, 21 assists, 42 points in 58 games — regular season and playoffs included — for the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in 2015-2016.
Ketner, who was the Eagles captain, will move on from the Michigan Soo and the NOJHL to play for the Lawrence University Vikings in 2016-2017. Lawrence is based in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Eagles co-coach/general manager Bruno Bragagnolo called Ketner “a character kid who represented the Soo Eagles well both on and off the ice.
“The fact that Lawrence wants him as a 19-year old who has another year of junior hockey left says a lot about Evan’s ability and skill level,” Bragagnolo told HockeyNewsNorth.com.