Pontiacs defenceman Dante Siciliano commits to Maine

Image: Dante Siciliano is making a major impact on the Pontiacs through a mere dozen games. 

The Pontiacs have another committed player on the team.

Dante Siciliano, a rookie this year in the AJHL, has committed to Maine University in the NCAA after his tremendous start to the season.

The Whitby, Ontario native has played just 12 games, but plays in all situations, has had found a home playing on the Yaks’ top pair with JR Ashmead.

“Maine is the right fit for me because it has a strong history of developing elite players with a high level of competitiveness and it’s a great academic school,” said Dante Siciliano in a press release. 

“The new coaching staff has years of experience at the collegiate level, they have coached some top hockey players and have earned a solid reputation.

“The fan base is unbelievably supportive of the hockey team which creates a dynamic and fun atmosphere to play in.”

Siciliano is the first new commitment of the season, and joins Nicolas Beaudoin, Tyler Blocha, Max Seguin, JR Ashmead, and James Schneid on the current roster.

He has three goals and three assists in a dozen contests this season.

“Dante’s commitment to Maine is great news,” said Pontiacs head coach Mario Pouliot in a press release. “It’s well deserved. Dante came here as a rookie, 18-year-old d-man, and he’s working extremely hard. 

“He’s a genuine one, easy to work with, and he’s putting the effort to improve his work ethic in his game. He’s probably one of the best 18-year-old in the whole AJ League (AJHL) and we are really happy having him with the Pontiac organization. Congrats Dante.”

The Maine University Black Bears are a division I team located in Orono, Maine and play in the Hockey East Conference (HEA) of the NCAA.

Full release available on the Pontiacs website.

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