Former Beaver Valley Nitehawk defenceman Arie Postmus has committed to play for the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey champion Selkirk College Saints for the 2013/14 BCIHL season.
The Fruitvale native joins the Saints following and outstanding three seasons with the Nitehawks. The 21-year-old Postmus finished second on the Nitehawks in scoring by defencemen last season with 23 points in 50 games and added another six points in 13 playoff contests.
“I’m excited to be able to play close to home and be a part of the team’s new winning tradition,” says Postmus, who describes himself as a solid all-around defensemen who takes care of his defensive zone first and can play in all situations. “I’m going to focus on getting really good grades and working hard every day to help the team capture another championship.”
Overall, Postmus suited up in 183 games for Beaver Valley, scoring 18 times while picking up 70 assists and 233 penalty minutes. The 21-year old also helped the Nitehawks to a KIJHL championship in 2012.
“Arie is a mobile, puck-moving defenceman who will fit in nicely with the style of game that we play,” Saints head coach Jeff Dubois said in a press release. “He’s been a key piece of a top-end program in the KIJHL and gone through the experience of being a leader and contributor to a championship team, which is important to us. I look forward to Arie developing into a productive and important player at the college level.”
Postmus is the third defenceman and seventh player overall to commit to the Saints for the 2013/14 season, including recent commits, fellow Greater Trail product Garrett Kucher, former Trail Smoke Eater Darnell Dyck, and goaltender Marcus Beesley from the Nelson Leafs.
Postmus plans to enroll in Selkirk’s Business Administration.