It was only a matter of time before the NCAA stood up and took notice.
The Trail Smoke Eaters’ 20-year-old forward and captain Garrett McMullen committed last week to NCAA Division I Rochester Institute of Technology for the 2013-14 hockey season.
McMullen, a native of Rochester, NY, sits second on the Smoke Eaters in scoring with 15 goals and 31 points. Four of McMullen’s 15 goals are game-winners, including the deciding goal in Tuesday’s 4-2 home win over the Merritt Centennials.
“We’re extremely excited to see Garrett commit to college for next season,” stated Smoke Eaters head coach and general manager Bill Birks. “This was a goal of his and he’s worked extremely hard to see it through. He’s been a terrific role model and leader for the younger kids in our dressing room since coming to Trail last autumn.”