Koch SUPERU – Change the Way You Grow
Everything was in place for Noah Kuntz to start the next phase of his hockey career and then it was shut down just as things were getting under way.
The 18-year-old defenceman from Regina was in the line-up for both of the Flin Flon Bombers’ first two games this year before the worldwide pandemic put things on hold, but his performance was enough for head coach and general manager Mike Reagan to give a glowing review of the 6-foot-4, 182-pound product.
“Noah is a very intelligent player that rarely makes the wrong read,” notes Reagan. “He plays with composure and defends very well. Noah will grow into a true No. 1 defenceman.”
Kuntz actually got into three games with the Bombers last year where he registered one assist during a brief audition, but it was his play during his final season of midget hockey that had the Bombers excited for what lie ahead.
Kuntz scored eight goals and assisted on 29 more in 43 games while playing with the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League’s Regina Pat Canadians and in six playoff games he had contributed five points in helping the regular-season champions move to within one win of the league final.
Kuntz had also been a major contributor to the Pat Canadians as a 16-year-old when he picked up 28 assists in 41 games and that followed up a stellar rookie midget campaign when he helped the Regina Rangers capture the South Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League championship by posting 27 points in 35 games.
Drafted by the Bombers in the third round of the 2017 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League bantam draft – he was also selected in the eighth round of the 2017 Western Hockey League bantam draft by the Kamloops Blazers – Flin Flon has had their sights on Kuntz for quite a while. The stoppage in play might be a bit of a setback, but it is clear the team is excited to get back to work and watch Kuntz continue to develop and work towards his goals of helping the team succeed while also hoping to secure a scholarship for both his educational and hockey futures.