The news came out yesterday that former Ice Wolves goalie, Joel Danyluk signed on with the Augustana Vikings in the ACAC.
Being a quasi-ACAC product myself, it always makes me happy to see guys sign with one of those schools. It's a great league and in recent years it's really pushing forward as one of the premier collegiate leagues in the country. Joel's popularity in La Ronge should only go up as he's going to school to become a teacher through the U of A's five year program.
Joel took the time to fire me an email with a message for Ice Wolves fans. Here it is:
"My biggest reason of letting you know this is that I know that coach Beatty is the biggest contributor of getting me there. I (would) just like to thank the town of LaRonge and the Ice Wolf organization 1 more time. The people I have met there are incredible."
Joel is headed off to Europe and was reminded of why he enjoyed his time in La Ronge so much. His jersey that was sold at the annual Ice Wolves Jersey Auction after the 2009-10 season was returned to him so he could don #34 again while overseas.
Danyluk is a class act and it's great to see him getting to work towards his goal of being a teacher and keep playing hockey.
Post Script: Blaine Weyland in Estevan did an interview with Joel today and says he'll have that audio up on his blog sometime today. Check it out.