By Matt Stefano
The Soo Thunderbirds have announced on Sunday that sophomore defenceman Caleb Boman has committed to Niagara University in NCAA Division 1 hockey.
“We are extremely proud of Caleb and happy for him and his family today with his commitment to play at Niagara University,” said T-Birds general manager Jamie Henderson. “Caleb has come a long way the last year and a half and really committed himself this past summer to becoming a top player in our league.”
Boman, who suited up for Team NOJHL this month at the Eastern Canada Junior A Challenge in Cornwall, has also been named to Team Canada’s East Selection Camp roster for the upcoming World Junior A Challenge.
“I chose Niagara because they made it really welcoming,” said Boman. “I looked at the programs to take and they have a lot of interesting options.”
Through 71 career games thus far for the T-Birds, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario product has 15 goals and 57 points along with 52 penalty minutes.
“Outside of school, the hockey aspect looks like a great atmosphere and should be a great 4 years with the Purple Eagles,” continued Boman. “I think my development as a player has come a long way. In season and out I continued to work hard. My coaching staff has pushed me and made me the player I am today, they gave me the confidence to be the best I can.”
Boman, who led all T-Bird defencemen in goals and points last season, has been one of the top blueliners this year in the NOJHL.
“My family and I are really excited,” concluded Boman. “My parents are really proud of me and are excited for my future with the Purple Eagles.”
Boman follows former T-Birds Owen Headrick (Lake Superior State University) and David Radke (Colorado College), who both committed to NCAA Division 1 hockey from the 2014-2015 team that went on to be crowned Central Canada champions.