Goaltender Brett Young of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Cochrane Crunch will head to Ashland, Wisconsin in the fall of 2016 to join the Northland College Lumberjacks Division III hockey program. The Lumberjacks in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) in the Midwestern United States.
The 20 year old Livonia, Michigan native who is in his second season with the Crunch in Cochrane sits ninth amongst all goaltender in the NOJHL. The 6’4” and 200 lbs netminder has been between the pipes for a total of 2111 minutes in 37 regular season games as of February 10th, 2016. Young’s has a record of 22 win and nine losses and one shutout for the east division second place Crunch. Brett has a goals against average of 3.35 and save percentage of 0.909 entering the Crunch’s game on February 14th against the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners at the Tim Horton Event Centre in Cochrane.
Cochrane coach Ryan Leonard told the Junior Hockey Network that “we are happy for Brett, he had many other opportunities out east but Northland was able to put together the best financial package for his family to afford and we have three players from last year there now and all love school and the program. So it’s nice to build these relationship. Coach Gregory and I have a great relationship and we will just build off this as we have six more to commit yet that will all start to roll in the next few weeks as players try and decide what is their best options.”
“I’m very excited for my future at Northland, me and the coaches have talked many times and it fits very well financially and for my academic interests. I’ll head there in the fall with a strong work ethic and look to grow with the team,” said Young.