Allan and Michael Pruss demonstrate their skill with the golf club and hockey stick at the Beaver Valley Arena on Thursday

Pruss twins commit to Jamestown

Beaver Valley Nitehawks forwards Allan and Michael Pruss are skilled players on the ice, and veritable wizards on the golf course.

Beaver Valley Nitehawks forwards Allan and Michael Pruss are skilled players on the ice, but what might come as a surprise to many is that off the ice, the twins are veritable wizards on the golf course.

Their two-sport passion paid off last month when the identical-duo signed a commitment to the University of Jamestown in North Dakota to play both hockey and golf for the U of J Jimmies next season.

“We are very proud of their achievements of attaining scholarships to Jamestown, and it is a true testament to their character, work ethic, grit, and talent,” said Nitehawk coach and GM Terry Jones. “They have totally bought in to what our team is about, and are fantastic ambassadors of our community in every way.”

As Junior B players, gaining a commitment to play college hockey was once rare, but it is becoming more common as the competitive field continues to grow. The Nitehawks graduated a number of players to the college ranks in recent years, such as Andrew Miller to the University of Oklahoma, Ryan Edwards, Arie Postmus, and Danny Vlanich to Selkirk College, and Archie McKinnon and Chris Derochie to Adrian College in Michigan.

So in October, when Jamestown coach, Dean Stork, offered the 19-year-old twins scholarships to play hockey, they couldn’t pass it up.

“We took a little time and thought about it, looked at the school and did some research, but all in all, it had everything we were looking forward to go to school, so we figured it was a great opportunity,” said Allan.

The Red Deer natives added a spark to the Beaver Valley lineup after joining the club last season, and have taken off offensively this year with Michael netting 30 points in 39 games and Allan with 28 in 34 matches. The brothers remind Jones of another set of twins that once played for the Nitehawks.

“Coaching the Pruss boys, they are a lot like my boys (Kellen and Connor) in how competitive they are, especially with each other, but also how distinctively different they are,” said Jones. “They really work hard on the details of the game, and for smaller guys, they play the game ‘big’.”

During the summer, Michael and Allan work at the River Bend Golf Course in Red Deer and tee off in a number of junior and amateur tournaments in Alberta, so combining the two sports at college seemed like a good idea.

“Originally it was just for hockey, but we contacted the golf coach, and let him know a bit about ourselves and our golf games, and he was happy to welcome us aboard,” said Michael.

“We played some national and provincial tournaments, and won a few junior tournaments along the way, and also worked at a golf course so we spend plenty of hours practicing and working with professionals,” added Allan.

Both are scratch golfers, and the “Boys from the Bend’s” facility for trick golf shots is impressive, and fast gaining a following on YouTube and Instagram, where they’ve posted videos displaying their considerable prowess with a golf club. One example, has Allan chipping it into the air from behind his brother and Michael sending it into the stratosphere with a swat out of mid-air with his driver.

“Some of the guys we work with at the course, in our spare time we’ll run a little trick shot account, and we have close to 1,000 followers on Instagram,” explains Michael.

As for the Jimmies’ hockey team, it will play its inaugural season starting in September, 2016, in Division 1 of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

Just Posted

Senior curling provincials setting up for exciting finish

Standings tight as Senior curling teams push for provincial playoffs

Rescued snowmobilers ill-prepared for emergency, Castlegar RCMP say

Two men rescued Wednesday night were not ready for overnight in back country

Police share more details on occupants and suspicious van in Fruitvale

Vehicle in question offered young girl a ride to school on Feb. 19

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Parity prevails at BC Senior Curling championship

Teams go toe-to-toe in second Draw at the BC Senior Curling Championship

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Most Read