The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Swan Valley Stampeders continue to be a driving force in setting hockey players up with opportunities to attain post-secondary education while playing competitive college or university hockey following the conclusion of their junior careers.
This past week, the Stampeders announced that both Frazer Dodd and Ryley Lanthier had committed to student-athlete contracts for the coming 2020-21 season in the United States. Dodd will be skating with the Bryn Athyn Lions of the Division III Colonial States Athletic Conference, while Lanthier will be with the University of Wisconsin River Falls Falcons of the Division III Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“I am proud to announce my commitment to attend school and play hockey at Bryn Athyn College,” Dodd said in a team-issued press release. “I would like to thank my billets, coaches, teammates, and the people of Swan River who made my last year of junior hockey a special one. I am looking forward to taking on the new hockey, and school challenges for the upcoming year. Again, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Swan Valley and have friends and memories that will last a life time.”
The six-foot, 185-pound Hazelton, BC product had 19 goals and 36 points in 46 regular season games for Swan Valley, before adding three goals and four points in just three postseason games before the league’s playoffs were cut short due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The 21-year-old forward was in his first year with the Stampeders following a trade from Merritt of the BCHL.
Lanthier, also a 21-year-old forward, finished off his junior career with eight goals and 24 points in 19 combined regular season and playoff games for Swan Valley. Spending time on rosters of four different teams from the start of the 2018-19 season to the conclusion of 2019-20, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound playmaker thoroughly enjoyed his time in Manitoba, after many years in BC and Saskatchewan.
“I am proud to announce my commitment to University of Wisconsin River Falls for next season,” said Lanthier in a release. “I would like to thank my family, coaches, advisor, billet families, and everyone who has supported me to help further my education and hockey career. River Falls stood out to me because of the great tradition of their hockey program, amazing coaching staff, their top-end facilities, and the high level of education I will receive. Thank you to the Swan Valley Stampeders Organization, the great fans, and community of Swan River for supporting me and the team.”