After spending three seasons in the Superior International Junior Hockey League with the Fort Frances Lakers, the 20 year old Abbotsford, British Columbia native Dylan Kooner is now taking his next step in his hockey career and heading to Northfield, Minnesota to attend St. Olaf College and play for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference St. Olaf Oles NCAA DIII in the fall of 2017.
In three seasons with the Lakers, the 6’1” and 180 lbs forward sank 62 goals and added 84 assists in 140 SIJHL regular season games in a Fort Frances jersey from 2014 – 2017 along with tallying 44 minutes in penalties. The Abbotsford, British Columbia native added 10 goals and contributed on 12 more in 29 post – season games in the three seasons with the Lakers in northwestern Ontario with accumulating 12 penalty minutes.
In three seasons with the Lakers, Kooner made two appearances with Fort Frances at the central region championship Dudley Hewitt Cup in Fort Frances in 2015 and in Kirkland Lake in 2016 as well as being named the 2016 – 2017 SIJHL Most Sportsmanlike Player.
Fort Frances coach Wayne Strachan told the Junior Hockey Network that “Dylan is the true meaning of Lakers hockey. He has strong character, a good work ethic and was a good leader for us. He is a player that over came a lot of adversity through injuries and continued to work hard to reach his goal of moving to a higher level of hockey and finishing his education. We wish Dylan the best of luck in his school career and thank him for three great years in our program.”
“I’m very excited to join St. Olaf’s hockey program in the fall. It’s always been my goal to play NCAA hockey. It’s nice to see my hard work pay off. I’m looking forward to making the step to the college level. My skating ability and hockey iq is what I can offer to St. Olaf next season. I feel like I made some big steps this past season and I hope to come in and make an impact. Being a Laker for the past three seasons has definitely prepared me for college. Wayne, Grant and Nick have all pushed me to to reach my full potential and I can’t thank them enough” said Kooner.