Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League


By Clark Stork, Bolt FM Humboldt


(Photo credit: Marla Possberg)
(Story from Clark Stork, Bolt FM Radio in Humboldt)

Two longtime members of the Humboldt Broncos have committed to Norwich University for next season.

Graduating defenseman Connor Swystun has committed to further his playing career with the Cadets.

Swystun spent four years in Humboldt playing in over 200 games. He says this has been his goal since he was recruited to the team by Dean Brockman.

“It’s a great feeling, it’s one thing growing up I always dreamed of especially when I made the choice to come to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and not go to the Western Hockey League is to go down to the United States and play some NCAA and try to further my hockey and also get schooling in.”

Swystun played in 225 games in his career with Humboldt, he collected 19 goals and 60 assists for 79 points, in his final season he finished third among defensemen scoring with 37 points.

“Their hockey program is one of the best around, they’re a great team, they won the national Division III championship this year and also just their schooling. I think it’s going to be the right fit for me, it all just worked out.”

He intends to study business while in Vermont, he hopes to follow in his father Terry’s footsteps and open his own business.

He won’t be going alone either, Broncos third year centreman Michael Korol is going to fore-go his final year of junior hockey and attend Norwich.

He gave us his thoughts regarding the signing of his scholarship.

“Obviously just extremely excited, it’s such a good program down there. The way they run things is first class so I’m super excited. It’s never easy leaving Humboldt, made many good friendships and met a lot of really good people there along the way.”

Korol has developed into one of the top two-way centremen in the SJHL, he added 29 goals and adding 47 assists for 76 points.

He admits the offer was too good to pass up.

“They just came off a national championship win there, when I was able to go down and visit, it was absolutely spectacular. It’s obviously hard leaving like I said but I’m pretty happy with my decision and I can’t wait.”

Korol will study Health Sciences.

“We are very excited to have Michael and Connor coming to Norwich this fall. We are graduating three centers and two defensemen and looking for the boys to fill some big holes.” Head Coach Mike McShane said via email of the commits.

The pair become the first Broncos to attend Norwich since Tory Allan and Steven and Scott Schroeder.

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