Powell River Kings forward Simone Dadiè has committed to play National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hockey at Colgate University in New York next season.
"I am very excited about getting this commitment," stated Dadiè. "I finally know where I am for the next four years of my life, which definitely takes some weight off my shoulders."
Dadiè joined the Kings in December from the North Iowa Bulls of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). In 23 games for the Bulls, he recorded only nine points, but since making the jump to the BC Hockey League (BCHL), he has excelled and become a point per game player with 13 points in 14 games.
When Dadiè was signed, Kings' assistant general manager Stephan Seeger Jr. said: "He will bring some size and presence to our group."
Since joining the team, he has been as advertised by making an impact every shift, whether it's on the scoreboard or other areas, and established himself as one of the Kings' top players.
"I would like to thank my family, who always supported me throughout my ups and downs," added Dadiè. "I would like to thank coach Glenn [Anderson] and Stephan Seeger Jr. for bringing me in and giving me all the tools and opportunities to have success here.
"My advisor, Jay Luknowsky, helped me through the process of talking to colleges and getting to this point. Lastly, I want to thank my team for helping me reach my goal."
Now that he has his commitment, Dadiè is solely focused on the team and making a strong push for the playoffs.
"Now I'm even more focused on our team goal and being ready for playoffs, as I don't have to worry about school any more," stated Dadiè.
Dadiè and the Kings host Langley Rivermen this Friday, February 9, and Saturday, February 10, at Hap Parker Arena. Powell River is four points behind the Langley for the final playoff spot in the BCHL Coastal Conference. Both games start at 7 pm.
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