The Buffalo Jr. Sabres announced August 9 they have acquired 2001 birth-year defenseman Nicholas Kent (photo courtesy Twitter/@njkent21) from the Wenatchee Wild of the British Columbia Hockey League. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed but Jr. Sabres management expressed their excitement about the acquisition.
Jr. Sabres general manager Charlie Mendola stated on his Twitter account: “Coach @N_Tuzzolino & I are pleased to add Nick to our organization this season. A @QU_MIH Commit, USA NTDP camp invite, & BCHL Champion. Excited to have the opportunity to further his development as a member of our team. Welcome to Jr Sabres @njkent21!”
Kent, on his Twitter, stated: “Extremely excited to be part of the OJHL Buffalo Jr Sabres organization for the upcoming season! Can’t wait to get started!”
The 17-year-old native of Ladera Ranch, California, has already made his NCAA college hockey commitment, announcing in September 2016 his decision to commit to Quinnipiac University, beginning with the 2019-2020 season.
Prior to joining the Jr. Sabres, Kent skated for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings Bantam Minor squad in 2014-15, followed by three seasons with various levels with the Delta Hockey Academy and then Wenatchee in the 2017-18 season.