September 10, 2013, PENTICTON, BC– The Penticton Vees are pleased to announce defenseman Jarod Hilderman (97) has verbally committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) for the 2016-2017 season.
President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson says he’s excited to help develop the young defenseman over the next three years, “This is a great day for Jarod and his family. Jarod has worked extremely hard for this opportunity and our coaching staff looks forward to helping prepare Jarod for the NCAA level. ”
Hilderman, 16, has just begun his rookie season with the Vees after moving two provinces over from Saskatchewan, where he spent last year in Wilcox playing for Notre Dame’s ‘AA’ midget club. Last season the rear-guard picked up 10 goals and 30 points in 31 games, to go along with 73 penalty-minutes.
Hilderman says UMD is a perfect fit for his family, “I’ve been following Duluth for quite some time and was one of a handful of schools I had a lot of interest in. Most importantly I have family nearby and they will be able to closely follow the team when I enter the program in three years.”
The University of Minnesota-Duluth has a rich hockey history and has been playing at the NCAA Division l level since 1930. The Bulldogs joined the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in 1965 and had been a member up until this past season. The Bulldogs are now set to begin play in the newly created National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) this fall.
The Bulldogs most recently won the NCAA National Championship in 2011 and have made four trips to the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament. UMD has won three WCHA Tournament championships and has been crowned WCHA regular season champions 13 times. Notable Vees alumni that have suited up for the Bulldogs include Brett Hull, TJ Caig and most recently Derik Johnson.