The Prince George Spruce Kings are pleased to announce that goaltender Kevin Genoe has committed to a four-year scholarship at Michigan Technological University.
Michigan Tech is an NCAA Division I school that prides itself in its engineering programs and is a nationally-ranked school for engineering bachelor degrees awarded.
Founded in 1951, the Michigan Tech Huskies have a history steeped in tradition and success including 36 NCAA championships. The Huskies play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) against some of the nation's top-ranked hockey programs.
Genoe has made a name for himself in goal and this year earned a silver medal playing for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge. Kevin was also one of five Spruce Kings named to the Interior Division team at the BCHL All-Star Game.
An extremely focused and determined competitor, Kevin places high demands on his own personal performance and credits a lot of his success to his family. Growing up in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, Genoe’s first Junior `A’ experience came in Nanaimo as an affiliate player and then Alberni Valley before joining the Prince George Spruce Kings partway into the 2007/08 season.
“This is another step in a long journey that I have set out for myself,” said Genoe. “It feels great to have achieved this step and I am very excited about this opportunity. I plan on pursing an education in engineering, either architecture or civil engineering, and I want to be able to contribute to the Huskies hockey program. I want to finish my season with the Spruce Kings strong and then work hard in the summer before heading to school.”
Kevin Genoe follows in the footsteps of one other Spruce Kings goaltender, Michael-Lee Teslak, who played for Michigan Tech for three seasons before signing with the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League.
Spruce Kings head coach and general manager, Ed Dempsey is also a Husky alumni, having played for Michigan Tech on their last NCAA Championship team.
“Michigan Tech is a great school with an excellent reputation,” said Dempsey. “Kevin has worked hard for this and the entire Spruce Kings organization is very happy for Kevin as he realizes his goal of securing a NCAA scholarship for next season.”
Kevin becomes the fifth Spruce Kings player to sign a NCAA scholarship this season and is the seventh committed player currently on the team.