Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Directwest Commitment: Hounds’ Nolan commits to UVic

Notre Dame Hounds’ forward and assistant captain Connor Nolan has officially announced his commitment to continue his hockey and academic career with the University of Victoria Vikings for the 2022-2023 season.

The UVic Vikings play in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League.

Nolan, 20, currently sits seventh in points and fourth in assists in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

“Connor Nolan is the glue guy within our room,” said Brett Pilkington, Notre Dame’s head coach and general manager.

“Guys like this are hard to come by and we will miss him on and off the ice next year.”

A native of Calgary, AB, Nolan joined the Hounds alongside defenceman Rocsyn Bird in the summer of 2020 in a trade from the Melville Millionaires, in exchange for long-time Hound Cole Stevenson.

Originally signed by the Humboldt Broncos ahead of the 2019-2020 SJHL campaign, Nolan has 60 points in 84 career games between ND, Melville and Humboldt.

The winger finished his minor hockey career with the Calgary Northstars U18AAA in 2018-19, and has also featured for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Fernie Ghostriders Junior B over his career.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to play for the University of Victoria,” Nolan said.

“I couldn’t have done it without the support from my family, friends, teammates, (coaches) Brett, and Mitch. I am thankful for being able to continue my hockey career and go to school, and I am very thankful for everyone who I have met throughout my hockey career.”