Las Vegas product Garcia decides on NCAA D-I Air Force
Las Vegas native and Aston Rebels forward Dom Garcia has committed to play NCAA Division I college hockey for the United States Air Force Academy.
The Falcons play in the Atlantic Hockey Conference (AHC) and Garcia’s commitment begins in the fall of 2017.
The 19-year-old Garcia had three points (one goal, two assists) in eight North American Hockey League (NAHL) playoff games for Aston. He led the team with a plus-10 rating.
In 49 games during the regular season, Garcia posted 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists).
At the end of Aston’s season, Garcia was named the team’s Most Improved Player and Hardest Working Player. He was named Honorable Mention for NAHL Forward of the Month for March, and he also was named the East Division Star of the Week for the week ending March 20 after he scored three goals in two games.
“I am blessed to soon be able to attend a school like the Air Force Academy,” said Garcia. “I cannot thank my coaches, teammates and family enough for their continued support.”
Back in May, Garcia was taken by the Sioux City Musketeers in the 16th round (247th overall) of Phase II of the United States Hockey League Draft.
“I could not be happier or more proud of Dom,” added Rebels coach Joe Coombs. “He had a terrific year and just got better and better. With the discipline that Dom lives his life, he is a great fit for the Air force. I could not be happier to coach him and have him in my life. He makes my life easier with his leadership skills.”
The Falcons finished with an overall record of 18-12-5 record in 2015-16 and finished second in the AHC.