By Mike Stackhouse
A former SJHL standout blueliner has made an impact in his first season at the NCAA level.
Alaska Anchorage defenseman Eric Sinclair was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team the league announced earlier this week.
Sinclair paced rookie defensemen with 41 blocked shots in league games, tied for first with two goals and was tops with 40 shots on goal (he also added four assists for six points). The Kenora, Ontario, native was the only Seawolf to play in all 34 games this season.
Sinclair also played in the SJHL with Melfort and Flin Flon, winning the SJHL Defenseman Of The Year Award in both 2016 (as a Mustang) and 2017 (as a Bomber).
Sinclair was also part of two championship teams with the Mustangs in 2015 and 2016. He scored 3-goals and 7-assists in 43-games as a rookie and then saw his game explode in year two with 13-goals and 32-assists in 58-games in winning his first Defenseman Of The Year trophy. A trade to Flin Flon for his 20-year-old year ended up yielding a second Defenseman Of The Year nod as well as 17-goals and 34-assists in just 46-games.