Jr. Ducks’ Gates decides on Colorado College
Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U AAA forward Jack Gates has committed to play his NCAA Division I hockey at Colorado College.
Gates, 16, is in his first season in his first season playing in the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) and second overall for the Jr. Ducks.
“It’s a big step forward for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks to have Jack Gates be our first player ever to commit to a NCAA Division I program directly from our organization,” said Jr. Ducks 16U coach Alex Kim.
“Jack is a solid individual with great character, and is well received by his peers. His parents have done a tremendous job raising him and I’m happy for them; Jack is on the path to achieving his goals of playing NCAA Division I hockey.”
Through 15 games in the NAPHL this season, the Oceanside native totaled 26 points (six goals). Overall, Gates recorded 66 points (16 goals) in 42 games.
Gates was recently selected to play in the NAPHL 16U All-Star Game, which took place earlier this month in Blaine, Minn. Gates recorded a goal and an assist for Team Blue in its 5-3 loss against Team White.
His 26 points is tied for third in NAPHL 16U scoring and his 20 assists led the league.
“His hard work, dedication to improving on a daily basis and positive attitude have helped him in the process,” said Kim. “As his teacher and coach, I can tell you he’s trained extremely hard and has been able to transfer that to our games. He’s very deserving of this accomplishment.”
At the most recent NAPHL event in Blaine, Gates recorded eight points in the five games as the Jr. Ducks forged a perfect 5-0 record.
Gates also participated in last summer’s USA Hockey Select 16 Festival, where he struck for six points in five games.
“I think the NAPHL has done a great job with its events, and our players have been able to get a lot of exposure to the higher levels,” Kim added. “This commitment is a testament to the motto of the NAPHL; it truly is a ‘League of Opportunity.’
“Colorado College is getting a great hockey player in Jack, but more importantly a model student-athlete who has a great outlook on life.”