Former Steinbach Pistons’ goaltender Nick Deery and Dauphin King captain Brenden Kotyk are two of 27 CJHL alumni who will suit up in the upcoming NCAA Frozen Four Championship.
Both MJHL alumni play for University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, who are joined in the Final Four by Denver, Harvard and Notre Dame. The NCAA Frozen Four Championship goes April 6 & 8 in Chicago, Illinois.
Deery was a key player for the Pistons in their run to the 2015 final against Portage Terriers. Deery was named the Pistons’ MVP, in addition to playoff MVP. His regular season record was 20-8-0.
A native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Deery is studying mechanical engineering.
Kotyk, who is a senior with UMD, played two seasons with the Kings (2010-12). At 6-foot-6, he cast a large presence on the blueline. He’s currently studying Public Health.