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Chino Hills’ Estrada ready for next challenge at NCAA D-III Northland

 

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Brad Estrada is from Southern California, is playing junior hockey this season in Massachusetts and recently committed to play college hockey in Wisconsin.

And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

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A talented forward, Estrada is playing for the Eastern Hockey League’s Valley Jr. Warriors this season and will skate for NCAA Division III Northland College in 2019-20.

“Playing in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League last season, Northland had the opportunity to watch me play a good amount,” said the Chino Hills native. “We got in touch again this season and we both were very interested and from there on, it was an easy decision that me and my family made.”

Estrada said a great deal appealed to him about the school.

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“From a hockey standpoint, there was a lot that they had to offer,” said Estrada. “They are moving to the WIAC conference, which was a big standout for me because it is a really good conference with a lot of high-end players. The locker room is high-end, which was very intriguing. From the academic standpoint, they have a very good business program, so I know I will get a good education. It is also a smaller school where I know I can get to know my teachers better and understand the lessons a little more.”

Academically, Estrada said he wants to major in business management with a minor in sports management.

Growing up, Estrada played for the Ontario Eagles, OC Hockey Club, LA Selects and Anaheim Jr. Ducks youth programs, as well as for Long Beach High School and the Ontario Avalanche junior team in the Western States Hockey League.

“Coaches Daryl Wademan (Eagles, Jr. Ducks), Joe Burcar (Jr. Ducks) and Rob O’Rourke (Long Beach High School, Avalanche) always had my best interests in mind and always pushed me to be my best,” noted Estrada. “In the short term, I would like to finish my junior career strong and enjoy the last moments with the boys. And then get my mind and body right for the college game.”

— Matt Mackinder

(March 11, 2019)