Aberdeen defenseman Kelly makes NCAA commitment
June 14, 2018
The Aberdeen Wings, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that Wings defenseman and captain Jack Kelly has announced his commitment to play NCAA Division III hockey at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.
Kelly, 21, spent two seasons with the Wings organization, playing in 131 games with the Wings and in his career over 200 games in the NAHL. During his time with Aberdeen, the 6'2/205 lbs. native of Keller, Texas, put up 3 goals and 29 assists. He was also selected to and played in the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Central Division team.
Kelly was the team captain during the 2017-18 season. During the 2016-2017 season he was given the Team Community Service Award. This past season he received the Heart Award and the Team Hard Hat Award at the teams annual awards banquet. The awards were voted on by his teammates and Wings staff.
St. Norbert is nationally recognized as one of the top NCAA Division III hockey teams in the country. Since 1997 The Green Knights have appeared in 18 NCAA DIII Tournaments highlighted by 12 frozen four appearances, 5 national championships and runner up 4 times. St. Norbert plays in the NCHA Conference.
“I’d like to thank the community, the ownership, and my coaches during my two years in Aberdeen. The professional way the organization is ran, makes it very easy for a player to succeed both on and off the ice. The coaching staff taught me many valuable life lessons which I will continue to teach many others down the road. Aberdeen is a top notch organization. I’m excited to get to school and hockey going to St. Norbert’s and can’t wait to see what the future holds," said Kelly.
“I couldn’t be more proud of jack. I got to watch Jack grow into one of the best leaders I have ever had since he was 12 years old. It’s extremely difficult to see Jack Kelly age out, but there are big things ahead for this young man. St Norberts is getting a player filled with character and work ethic. Good luck Captain Jack," said Wings head coach Scott Langer.