Aston defenseman Bindulis makes NCAA DI commitment
November 19, 2015
The Aston Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have announced that defenseman Kristofers Bindulis has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Lake Superior State University in the WCHA.
Bindulis, 20, is in his third and final season playing in the NAHL. The native of Riga, Latvia is having a career season playing for the Rebels this year. He currently leads the team in scoring as a defenseman with 18 points (3 goals, 15 assists) in 19 games. His 18 points and 15 assists are both currently tops for all NAHL defensemen.
Bindulis (6’3/181) was Runner-Up for NAHL Defenseman of the Month in October when he had 12 points in just 10 games played.
“Kris has a great familiarity with the league and this level of play. We wanted to go after someone with experience and makes good decisions with the puck and he has done exactly what we anticipated. He never panics. We gave him an opportunity to thrive and showcase what he could do. He is a wonderful young man and deserving of this opportunity. He his one of our captains and I couldn’t be happier for him,” said Aston head coach Joe Coombs.
Bindulis entered the NAHL during the 2013-14 season playing for the Soo Eagles. During his rookie season, he had 11 points in 52 games played. He was also selected to play in the 2014 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the NAHL 18U Selects Team that season. He was selected in the 1st round of the 2015 NAHL Draft by the Rebels with their first pick after playing part of last season in the USHL for Des Moines.
“I’m really excited to sign with Lake Superior State and move to the next level. I am really thankful to all the people who helped me and were there for me along the way to achieve my goals! More goals to achieve! #GOLAKERS,” stated Bindulis.
Last season, Bindulis played in 28 games with the Eagles, recording six points. Overall in his NAHL career, he has appeared in 99 games and recorded 35 points.
Bindulis also represented his home country of Latvia last year at the IIHF World Junior Championships. Prior to coming to the United States and playing in the NAHL, Bindulis played junior hockey for HK Juniors in his home city of Riga.