Jr. Kings’ St. Ivany commits to Yale University
Jack St. Ivany, a member of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings’ Pacific District-champion 16U AAA Major team last season, has committed to attend and play his NCAA Division I hockey at Yale University following his junior career.
St. Ivany, a 1999-born defenseman, connected for three goals for 13 points in 31 Tier I Elite League games in 2015-16.
“I’m very excited,” said St. Ivany. “I spent a lot of time the past few seasons checking out different schools, and I just felt that Yale was the best fit for me. My family and I have always valued education, so that played a big factor into what school I was eventually going to choose.”
This season, St. Ivany will play for the Sioux Falls Stampede – the team that selected the Manhattan Beach native in Phase II of this year’s United States Hockey League Draft (fifth round, 73rd overall).
“This is a well-deserved opportunity for Jack, and I couldn’t be happier for him and his family,” said Jr. Kings 16U AAA head coach Jack Bowkus. “On top of being an exemplary student, he’s dedicated himself to improving all facets of his game and I have no doubt he’ll stay the course as he continues to prepare for what should be a promising career at Yale.”
“The Jr. Kings have helped a lot with my development, and playing in the Tier I Elite League helped expose me to so many D-I coaches,” St. Ivany added.
An Ivy League school, Yale competes in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC). Last season, the Keith Allain-coached Bulldogs forged a 19-9-4 overall record (14-5-3 in ECAC play) and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.