The Swan Valley Stampeders of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League are proud to announce that twenty-year-old forward Nicolas Roussel has committed to play for the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards in the fall of 2022.
Wentworth is located in Boston, MA, USA and are a Division III school that competes in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. WIT is a private technical design and engineering school founded in 1904.
Roussel, a native of Maple Ridge, B.C. and one of the Stampeder’s Captains, will join former Stampeder Defensemen Brendan Saether who is a Freshman for Wentworth this season.
“I am really excited to spend my next four years at a great school like Wentworth,” said Roussel. “Playing college hockey has always been a dream of mine, and for it to come true is something I am very thankful for. I choose Wentworth because of its prestigious engineering program and its competitive hockey culture. I can’t wait to be a part of the Leopard family.”
“I would like to thank all my family, friends, teammates, coaches and billet families who helped make this dream a reality. Not only have you helped me achieve this goal, you have helped me make lasting memories, and that is something I am very grateful for. Thank you to the Trail Smoke Eaters and the Swan Valley Stampeders for developing me into the player and person I have become, and making my junior hockey experience so memorable.”
Roussel went on to say “Wentworth has everything I am looking for and more when it comes to education and hockey. I am looking forward to growing as an athlete, and as an engineer while in Boston and I look forward to seeing what the future holds. Thank you again to everyone who made this possible.”
“Our Hockey program got better by adding another Swan Valley Stampeder in Nicolas Roussel.” said Wentworth Coach Alex Gacek. “He competes every shift, and is always one of the hardest workers each game. We are excited to add that piece to our lineup. He is well liked by his coach’s, teammates, and everyone he has been in contact with. Nick has those leadership qualities that will fit perfectly within our culture. Hearing Nick’s passion, commitment to hockey and education, I know he will excel at Wentworth.”
“We are very happy for Nicolas, and so proud of him,” said Stampeders Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff. “Although Nicolas has only been a Stampeder a short time, he has become a very important piece in our locker room. Wentworth is a great school and this is a great opportunity for Nicolas to further his education and hockey career. The Leopard’s Hockey Team and Wentworth Institute of Technology just got a whole lot better.”
The entire Stampeders organization would like to congratulate Nicolas Roussel on his recent commitment to play for the Wentworth Leopards.