Sulivan Shortreed will continue to sport the orange and white even after his time with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Winkler Flyers. This past week, the Fort Frances, ON. product announced his commitment to Buffalo State College, where he will play Division III NCAA hockey for the Bengals.
The 21-year-old broke into the MJHL back in 2018 with the Winnipeg Blues, following two seasons of AAA play with the Kenora Thistles of the Manitoba U-18 Hockey League. He put up 18 goals, 26 points and 22 penalty minutes in 46 contests with Winnipeg, before joining the Flyers the following year.
Shortreed played 68 total games for Winkler over one full season, a shortened playoff run and an abbreviated 2020-21 campaign. Scoring 31 goals, 57 points and 51 penalty minutes in the process, he became a fan favourite. But as he says, the feelings were reciprocated.
“I will always cherish my memories with the Winkler Flyers,” Shortreed said. “I would like to thank the whole organization of the Winkler Flyers for taking me in and would also like to thank the City of Winkler and my billets for making it a place I can call home. I’ve learned so much as a person and a player from my time there.”
Shortreed’s thanks and praise of the Flyers continued:
“Thank you to the staff members and the boys, you were nothing but the best to be around everyday,” he said. “Lastly, thank you to all the fans, you guys were amazing and definitely the best fans in the league. I will never forget the atmosphere in the rink!”
The skilled forward was dealt to the Maritime Junior Hockey League’s South Shore Lumberjacks in late-February, as a way of hoping to prolong his season. In 10 regular season games with the Lumberjacks, he collected three assists, before adding a goal and an assist in six postseason matchups.