Evansville defenseman Crink makes NCAA commitment
June 29, 2016
The Evansville Jr. ThunderBolts, approaching their second season as members of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), are pleased and proud to announce on this date that defenseman Brian Crink has made his formal commitment to play collegiate hockey at NCAA Division III Daniel Webster College for the upcoming 2016-17 season.
In the 2015-16 NA3HL inaugural season for the Jr. ThunderBolts, Crink, 21, distinguished himself by attaining the revered honor of being the ‘Bolts Team Ironman as the lone player on the first-year club to play in all 47-league games.
In those 47-outings, the 6'2/185 lbs. right-hand shooting rearguard ranked seventh in the team overall scoring derby and a lofty second among his ‘Bolts blue line brigade, registering 15 points on four goals and 11 assists while accumulating 66 penalty minutes.
Another of the State of Indiana homegrown hockey talents which adorned the Jr. ThunderBolts first-ever roster last season, the Noblesville, Indiana native was saluted with high praise by Evansville General Manager/Head Coach Mark Cody. “The entire Jr. ThunderBolts family is very happy for Brian. He worked hard on the ice and in the classroom and is very deserving of this opportunity to play NCAA hockey.”
Daniel Webster College is a small private college located in Nashua, New Hampshire which is just outside of Boston on the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border.
Crink is both excited and eager to embark on the newest chapter of his hockey career while at the same time expressing much gratitude through his lasting reflections of his tenure here in Evansville with the ‘Bolts.
“Playing in Evansville, I’ve had the opportunity to improve and prepare my game for the college level. I foremost would like to thank my family and the entire TPH organization; my teammates, coaching staff, the Heppner family and all of the dedicated fans for being a part of this final stepping stone in both my junior career and my transition into adulthood. I consider myself to be quite fortunate in that my work ethic, dedication to the game and support from others have extended my career by four more years at the collegiate level. I am excited and eager to join the Daniel Webster College hockey program while at the same time looking forward to earning my degree as a Computer Science major.”
Crink achieves the historical distinction of becoming the first-ever player member of the Jr. ThunderBolts to advance his hockey career by way of the collegiate level.