by Mark Janzen
March 21, 2014, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – The Trinity Western men’s hockey team added a key piece to its defensive core as coach Barret Kropf officially announced the signing of Surrey Eagles blueliner Karsten Seidel (Delta, B.C.) Thursday.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Seidel played six games at the Junior “A” level this season with the BCHL’s Eagles. He also spent time in the Junior “B” PJHL with both North Delta and Delta. He played a combined 40 games in the PJHL this year, collecting one goal, eight assists and 51 penalty minutes. In 2012-13, he played 23 games with Delta and had five assists.
“Karsten is a talented young defenceman who has a huge upside,” Kropf said. “We are thrilled to have him part of our program and we’re excited to see him develop with us both on and off the ice. He is a player with the potential for a long hockey career. Karsten is a great student who places his faith as a priority in all areas of life. Having a young elite Junior ‘A’ calibre player sign with us speaks volumes about the level of our league and our program. Players are seeing this is not just as an ending point to their careers but rather a launching pad for professional careers.”
This past season, Seidel also played in the 2014 PIJHL Top Prospects game, featuring the best young talent in the league.
The 17-year-old will graduate from Langley Christian Secondary this spring.
“I am extremely excited to be joining an up-and-coming Spartans hockey program,” Seidel said. “I’m hoping I can strengthen not only my abilities on the ice but also my faith during my time at TWU. I have heard many great things about the school and the coaching staff, which made my decision to join the Spartans an easy one.”
Seidel joins defenceman Ryan Bakken (Langley) as the Spartans first two official signings for the 2014-15 campaign.