Congratulations to 18U AAA forward Bobby Pokupec on signing a letter of commitment for the 2021-2022 season with the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The SJHL is a Junior A league that plays within their province in Western Canada.
The league boasted 65 college commitments during the 2019-2020 season. Notre Dame currently has 19 alumni playing and four coaching in the NHL including two of the last three Stanley Cup winners Jon Cooper and Barry Trotz. Notable NHL alumni include Vincent Lecvelier, Brad Richards, Rod Brind’Amour, Jordan Eberle, Scott Darling, Jaden Schwartz, Sean Couturier and current Jr Fuel coach Al Karlander.
The Hounds junior A team has been developing and promoting hockey talent to the NHL and NCAA since 1920. Their all time NHL draft list is over 130 players.
Pokupec, a Cincinnati, OH native, joined the IYHA with the Racers 16U AAA in 2018-2019 and has spent the last two seasons with Jr Fuel 18U AAA. This year he has racked up 16 points in 24 NAPHL league games.
Stay tuned for more IYHA Jr Fuel player promotion news as playoff season approaches!