(Amherst, NY) – The Buffalo Junior Sabres are pleased to announce that forward Josh Kielich has committed to Canisius College and its NCAA Division-I hockey program beginning in the 2013-14 academic year.
A resident of Orchard Park, New York, Kielich is currently the second-leading scorer for the Buffalo Junior Sabres, led by head coach Grant Ledyard. In 17 Ontario Junior Hockey League games played through October 31, Kielich had 12 goals and 9 assists.
“I have been speaking with a number of Division-I schools and I enjoyed meeting the coaches, but the Canisius staff made me feel comfortable,” said Kielich. “Coach (Dave) Smith and Coach (B.J.) Adams work closely with Coach Ledyard and they made it clear I was a good fit.”
Kielich, age 18, is currently enrolled part-time at Erie Community College and carries a grade point average of 4.0. He plans to major in business when he joins Canisius after completing his junior hockey career. As Kielich noted: “Buffalo is a big hockey town. Canisius has players from all over North America. How many guys get to play Division-I in their hometown? That is a benefit.”
Kielich becomes the second Junior Sabres player this season to commit to a NCAA Division-I school. Earlier this season, forward Andrew Poturalski committed to the University of New Hampshire, also beginning in academic year 2013-14. Formal letter signing ceremonies for both players will be held at a later date.