BY RANDY RUSSON
RR Media Service
Dependable defenseman J.D. King has commited to play Division III hockey at Adrian College, a private school located about 35 miles south west of Ann Arbor.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound hardrock defender played the 2006-07 campaign with the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League regular season and playoff champion Soo Indians.
"We would have loved to have J.D. back with us for another season but this is all about moving a fine young man on to college hockey," Indians' head coach Kevin Cain said of King, who played all of his minor hockey in the Michigan Soo, his hometown.
The 2007-08 season will mark the debut of Adrian College in the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association. Adrian will play in a new ice hockey facility scheduled to open in August.
Called the Bulldogs, Adrian College will be coached by Ron Fogarty, a former assistant with the Division I Bowling Green Falcons of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
"I heard from Adrian earlier in the season and then just before the Dudley Hewitt Cup," said the personable King, a 1987 birth year who had a goal, six assists and 54 penalty minutes in 45 regular-season games with the Indians. "This is a really exciting opportunity. I always wanted to play college hockey somewhere in Michigan."