The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s reigning Defenceman of the Year Drake Burgin will be taking his talents to St. Lawrence University for the 2021-22 NCAA season. After already committing to the Dubuque Fighting Saints for the 2020-21 season, the soon-to-be 20-year-old has his next two years of hockey all planned out.
“This commitment is such an honor,” Burgin said. “I’m glad all the hard work I put in has paid off. I couldn’t be more excited to start a new journey as a D1 athlete. I’m honoured and thrilled to commit to further my education and hockey career at St. Lawrence University. A big thank you to my family, friends and coaches for the support that got me to where I am today.”
Selected by Dubuque as a Phase II draft pick, Burgin spent the past two seasons with the Winkler Flyers, where he put up 19 goals and 75 points in 114 combined regular season games for the Flyers. The six-foot, 180-pound blueliner recored 12 goals, 53 points and 27 penalty minutes in 60 games in 2019-20.
Burgin and his Saints teammates have begun training camp and will look forward to the season’s November 6 start. Last season, Dubuque – lead by Manitoban Riese Gaber – went 33-13-2 in the United States Hockey League’s Western Conference, finishing second league-wide. This year, the team will rely on another Manitoban, but this time from the back-end.