Powell River Kings have announced Dylan Finlay’s commitment to play National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 hockey next season for University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves.
The 20-year-old defender from L'Île-Bizard, Quebec, first joined the team for the 2019/2020 BC Hockey League (BCHL) season and played 40 games as a rookie.
During the pandemic-shortened season of 2020/2021, he suited up for Maryland Black Bears of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) before returning to Powell River this past season to wrap up his junior career and serve as Kings’ captain.
“I’m really grateful for the opportunity to play division one hockey,” stated Dylan Finlay in a media release. “I can’t thank my teammates, [head coach] Brock [Sawyer], [general manager] Chad [Van Diemen], [assistant coach] Kyle [Bodie] and the rest of the Kings’ organization enough for helping me get to this point.”
Finlay played in 89 games for the Kings over two seasons, collecting six goals and 34 assists.
“We are very happy for Dylan and his family that he has earned the opportunity to continue his hockey career, while furthering his education,” stated Sawyer. “He faced a lot of adversity this past season but always stuck to what makes him the great person that he is. We couldn’t be happier for him to overcome the obstacles in his way to achieve his goal of playing division 1 hockey in Alaska.”
Finlay will join his former Kings teammate Rowan Miller and former Surrey Eagles captain Jimmy Darby as one of three BCHL players who will be part of the Seawolves freshman class next season.