Monday, May 07, 2012

K-Zoo's Graves picks UW-Stevens Point

The Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings announced Monday that forward Drew Graves has committed to play college hockey at Division III University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Graves, an Allen Park native, appeared in 56 games during the regular season, led a very potent Kalamazoo offense. He led the Jr. K-Wings in goals (27), assists (32) and points (59). Graves also finished the playoffs by posting six points (four goals, two assists) in eight games, which was good for second on the club.

The league recognized Graves, who played three years in the NAHL, on multiple occasions during this season. His accolades include being named Combat Hockey’s First Star of the Week back in January, as well as making the North’s All-Division First Team. Graves also represented the North Division during the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament.

Graves joins a UW-Stevens Point team that is a member of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. During the 2011-12 season, the Pointers went 14-11-4 (8-6-4 in NCHA play) while finishing fourth in the conference. The Pointers made it all the way to the NCHA Peters Cup finals, in which they lost to St. Norbert in a 4-0 contest.

“Drew is a talented offensive player and a great leader for our team,” said Kalamazoo coach Marc Fakler. “We are pleased that he will be moving to the collegiate level next season.”

Graves now joins Austin Hervey (Western Michigan) and Ken MacLean (Rochester Institute of Technology) as the only other college commitments that finished the season with Kalamazoo.

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