The Princeton University Tigers have officially received verbal commitment from Gladstone’s Carson Buydens to join the NCAA’s Division I program following the conclusion of his time with the Virden Oil Capitals of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
“I’m proud and very excited to commit to Princeton,” Buydens said. “It’s an incredible opportunity and I can’t wait.”
Currently suiting up in his first full season of MJHL play, the 17-year-old forward already has a goal and four points in just five games regular season games this year.
“We are very excited that Carson has made the commitment to attend Princeton University,” Oil Capitals head coach and general manager, Tyson Ramsey said. “Carson is a very talented player and has worked extremely hard to earn this opportunity.”
Buydens spent two seasons with the U-15 AAA Central Plains Capitals, racking up 32 goals, 63 points and 34 penalty minutes in 70 regular season games. He then made the jump to U-18, where he put up 17 goals, 44 points and 52 penalty minutes in 50 games over the past two years.
“We as an organization are proud that he has chosen to play here in Virden and develop with our group and we will do everything we can to prepare him for this next step in his hockey career,” Ramsey added. “It is a great day for Carson and our organization.”
He was held to just five regular season games due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, scoring twice and adding two assists in the process.
Princeton University is located in Princeton, New Jersey. The Princeton Tigers men’s ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 college ice hockey program that represents Princeton University. Roughly 8,600 students enrol at Princeton University. The Princeton Tigers men’s ice hockey team is a member of ECAC Hockey.