By Carter Brooks
Image courtesy of the La Ronge Ice Wolves
Daniel Chartrand of Dauphin, MB. has committed to play hockey for the Northland College Lumberjacks of the NCAA's Division III.
Chartrand - a 20-year-old product of the MJHL - spent the past few years of his junior career travelling from team to team. After finishing fourth in scoring in the MMHA in 2014-15 (ahead of Vegas Golden Knights' draft pick Cody Glass), the nomadic 5-foot-11, 175-pound winger began his junior career with the Dauphin Kings.
He played 111 games for the Kings over the course of two seasons, putting up 20 goals, 49 points and an impressive 306 penalty minutes.
The rough-and-tumble forward then moved on to the OCN Blizzard for the 2017-18 season, where he collected 11 goals and 21 points in just 20 league games. Chartrand was moved to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League midway through the 2017-18 campaign where he put up three points in eight games with the La Ronge Ice Wolves.
Chartrand made his way back to the MJHL after his short stint in Saskatchewan, playing out the final 23 games of his Canadian junior hockey career in Swan Valley with the Stampeders. The Dauphin native put up a total of 36 goals and 49 assists in his 164 junior hockey games.
“I choose Northland because they play in one of the best leagues for Division III hockey,” he said. “It’s close to home for family and friends to come visit. Northland also has the most Canadian-born players on their roster, so I can easily adapt to their playing style and fit right in. Another big part of me choosing this school is I get to live and play alongside one of my old teammates and good friend, Shane Roulette - I cannot wait for the season to start.”