Playing Division One hockey in the ACHA conference of the NCAA will be a step up the ladder for the 6-foot-2, 190-pound forward who amassed 79 goals and 160 points in 181 MJHL games over the course of three seasons in Neepawa. In 2017-18, Metcalf collected 28 goals and 66 points in 60 games.
Last season, Winnipeg’s Adam Wowryk and Minot State reached the semifinals of the ACHA national championship after completing the year with an incredible 36-2-0 record. Over the past three seasons the Beavers have compiled a 99-7-4 record.
Metcalf will join Minot State for the 2018-19 season which opens midway through September. Beavers’ Head Coach Wade Regier is excited to have a player of Metcalf’s calibre join the team.
“We are extremely excited to land a player with the hockey resume as impressive as Justin’s,” Regier said. “With the loss of so many forwards up front to graduation, it was extremely important to add a player of Justin’s calibre. Justin has been one of the premier goal scorers in the MJHL for the past couple of seasons. His biggest asset has been to make his teammates and line mates better. It is these types of qualities we look for in our program. We are expecting Justin to make an immediate impact in our lineup and help us accelerate the very large rebuild we are undertaking this off season.”