Justin Metcalf commits to Minot State



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By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

Former Neepawa Natives forward Justin Metcalf has committed to play with the Minot State University (MSU). The 20-year-old from Winnipeg will join the ACHA Division I hockey team for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.

In a media release distributed by the Natives organization, Metcalf expressed excited regarding his recent signing. 

“Minot is a great fit both academically and hockey-wise, I am excited for the opportunity in Minot.”

Metcalf went on to thank all coaches and hockey operations for his time with Neepawa.

“Firstly I would like to thank the Neepawa Natives for giving me the opportunity to play in the MJHL. I want to thank the coaches and staff who had shown their faith in me as a player since my first spring camp with the team. I want to thank Dustin Howden for doing everything he possibly could to help me improve as a player and a person, Myles Cathcart for giving me the opportunity to play for the Neepawa Natives, and Byron Billett for helping me with the recruitment process and making sure I ended up at a school that was right for me.” stated Metcalf. “I would also like to thank my amazing billet mom Mary Ellen Clarke for everything she has done for me. She will forever be one of my best friends and I am truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to live with such an amazing woman.”

In a separate press release announcing Metcalf’s commitment, MSU head coach Wade Regier said they are excited about landing a player with the hockey resume as impressive his.

“With the loss of so many forwards up front to graduation, it was extremely important to add a player of Justin’s caliber. [Metcalf] has been one of the premier goal scorers in the MJHL for the past couple of seasons. His biggest asset has been to make his teammates and linemates better. It is these types of qualities we look for in our program. We are expecting Justin to make an immediate impact in our lineup and help us accelerate the very large rebuild we are undertaking this offseason.”

In his final season with the Neepawa Natives, Metcalf had 66 points (28 goals, 38 assists) in 60 games. Over the entire course of his playing career with the MJHL club, Metcalf played a total of 181 regular season games, accumulating a total of 160 points (79G - 81A).