21-year-old veteran Fort Frances Laker forward Jaedin Ness has committed to the College of St. Scholastica hockey program for the fall of 2019. The Wayzata, Minnesota native will join the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) Saints after playing the last two seasons in the Superior International Junior Hockey League with the Lakers in Fort Frances, Ontario.
In 97 regular season games from 2017 – 2019, the 5’10” and 170 lbs forward scored 52 goals and 28 assists along with accumulating a total of 47 minutes penalties. In 97 games with the Lakers, Ness registered seven powerplay regular-season goals in Fort Frances. In 12 postseason games with the Fort Frances junior ‘A’ franchise, Jaedin added three goals and three more assists for the Lakers.
Jaedin Ness told the Junior Hockey Network that “I hope that my hard work and dedication both on and off the ice will be seen as an asset to the Saints Hockey program. Graduating from a Catholic college prep school and spending the last two years playing junior hockey in Canada I feel both physically and mentally ready for the challenge. I am looking forward to spending the next four years at The College of St. Scholastica.”
Laker coach Wayne Strachan said that “we are extremely proud for Jaedin. He came to us last season with a goal he wanted to further his career and education and he set out to do that. This season he was hindered by injury and I don’t think we saw his true level of play come to the for the front. He was huge for us down the stretch, can shoot the puck and plays at a high-intensity level.”
“The Saints program is getting a hard worker, a player that has passion, respects the game and someone who wants to succeed to help the team,” said Strachan.