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Vlanich commits to Selkirk College Sainthood

It’s official, Jamie Vlanich is a Saint after all.

The Selkirk College Saints hockey team announced a playing commitment from the Trail native to attend Selkirk College and compete for the Saints beginning next season in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League.

Vlanich is a five-foot-nine, 160-pound centre currently playing for the Nelson Leafs and leading the KIJHL in league scoring.

He has scored 32 goals and added 58 assists in 41 games to lead all scorers with 90 points this season.

The 20-year old played a key role for the Castlegar Rebels during their 2012-13 KIJHL championship campaign, picking up 51 points in 37 regular season games while adding another 21 points in playoffs.

Vlanich spent the 2011-12 season playing Junior A hockey with the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers, where he scored nine goals and 26 points in 44 games. He has also played with the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters and Langley Rivermen.

“Jamie is a dynamic offensive player who brings a high skill level and a competitive attitude to our program,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “He’s proven himself as a top player in the KIJHL and last season he was a big piece of a championship team with the Rebels.”

On Saturday night, Vlanich reached a career milestone by picking up his 200th KIJHL point in a Leafs win over Fernie.

“I’m really looking forward to joining a much-improved program that’s now a consistent, winning team in the BCIHL,” says Vlanich.

“I’ve been a part of many winning teams and I do whatever it takes to win. Hopefully I can add to the great job the players and coaching staff has been doing and help Selkirk win another championship while I continuing my education and working towards a career.”

The Saints next game is on Saturday, when they host the University of Victoria at the Castlegar Rec Complex at 7:30 p.m.

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