The Surrey Eagles didn’t hide their excitement this summer when Grayden Slipec pledged to play his junior hockey with their British Columbia Hockey League team.
“I’m very excited,” coach Cam Keith said, “for the local fans to be able to watch a special kid like this play every night. He’s an NHL prospect right now.”
The UND coaching staff might be feeling a similar excitement this weekend.
Slipec posted on Instagram on Sunday afternoon that he has given a verbal commitment to play college hockey at UND.
“I’m extremely proud to announce my commitment to play hockey at the University of North Dakota,” Slipec wrote. “I would like to thank my family, coaches, friends and teammates and everyone else who has helped along the way!”
Slipec, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound center, played in his first two BCHL games this weekend, tallying a pair of assists.
When he arrives at UND, it will start a brotherly rivalry in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Slipec’s older brother, Jacob, committed to Omaha last month.
The commitment period for Grayden and