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Nash inks commitment to UAA

jarednashThe Penticton Vees are pleased to announce 1998-born forward Jared Nash has committed to the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) for the 2018-19 season.

“We not only look for great players but great people for our program and Jared is certainly a quality individual,” said Vees head coach, general manager and president Fred Harbinson. “He exudes character and his play reflects that on the ice. We’re excited for him after the hard-work he put in and we look forward to preparing him for next level.”

Nash is in his first season with the Vees and sits 11th in team scoring with three goals and 14 points in 29 games. Prior to joining the Vees, the Stratford, Ont., native played for his hometown Stratford Cullitons in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL). Last year Nash finished second in team scoring with 19 goals and 62 points in 45 regular season games. He also had another 26 points in 21 playoff games, as he led the Cullitons to the GOJHL Cherry Cup Final. In 90 career regular season games in the GOJHL, Nash amassed 28 goals and 58 assists for 86 points.

The UAA Seawolves hockey program has been in existence since 1979 and they’re a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (WCHA). The Seawolves are coached by Matt Thomas who’s in his fourth season as the program’s head coach. Their roster this year features 13 BCHL alumni in Cam Amantea, Matt Anholt, Olivier Mantha, Chase Van Allen, Eric Roberts, Tanner Johnson, Jarrett Brown, Mason Mitchell, Austin Azurdia, Nathan Renouf, Jonah Renouf, Jeremiah Luedtke and Corey Renwick.

The Seawolves’ conference schedule includes opponents Bowling Green, Michigan Tech, Ferriss State, Alabama-Huntsville, Lake Superior State, Alaska-Fairbanks, Bemidji State, and Northern Michigan.

Nash is the 17th player on the Vees’ roster to secure an NCAA Division l commitment, which is the most of any team in the Canadian Junior Hockey League.