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Graduating Defenceman Tanner Dawkins Commits To Simon Fraser University

The Spruce Grove Saints are proud to announce 20-year-old defenceman Tanner Dawkins has committed to the Simon Fraser Red Leafs (SFU) who compete against NCAA, USports, ACAC and ACHA teams throughout North America as a non-conference independent team.

Rob Sklaruk, General Manager of the Saints spoke of the departing Assistant captain. “Tanner is passionate, dedicated and selfless young man. Watching him develop on and off the ice over the last two seasons has been rewarding for me and the entire organization. I wish Tanner the best of luck in both hockey and his education.”

Dawkins was acquired from the Drumheller Dragons at the trade deadline of the 2022-2023 season. In 154 career games between the AJHL and BCHL, the Cloverdale, BC native compiled 6 goals, 37 assists and 112 penalty minutes.

The 5’11”, 170-pound right shot defender spoke about his recent commitment.

“Getting traded to Saints was the best thing that happened to me. I really enjoyed my time in Spruce Grove. From my teammates and billets to the fans and staff, I couldn’t imagine a better place to play junior hockey. I am extremely excited to start my academic and athletic career close to my home at SFU. I can’t thank the Saints enough for their help and guidance.”

Dawkins joins, Ashton McNelly (NAIT), Alexander Babich (Trine University), Tristan Baumung (Red Deer College), Ryan Johnstone (Lindenwood University), Evan Sundar (Minnesota State-Mankato), Ryder Matter (Michigan Tech University), Keifer Miller (Holy Cross University), and Teo Pisani (University of Nebraska-Omaha) as committed players to post-secondary institutions from this past season.

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