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Purple rain: Prince George’s Jesse Pomeroy commits to NCAA hockey near Niagara Falls

Former Cariboo Cougar spent 2019-20 as captain of AJHL’s Thunder
Jesse Pomeroy - Drayton Valley Thunder
Jesse Pomeroy of Prince George seen here as captain of the 2019-20 Drayton Valley Thunder in the AJHL. (via Drayton Valley Thunder)

The Niagara Purple Eagles are adding a new bird to its men’s hockey convocation hailing from Prince George.

The NCAA Division One school, located a stone’s throw from Niagara Falls, has signed Jesse Pomeroy for 2020-21 after spending the last three seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL).

The 21-year-old had the ‘C’ stitched on his Drayton Valley Thunder sweater for his final season of junior ‘A’ hockey, three years after captaining his hometown-Cariboo Cougars to a BC U18 AAA championship in 2017.

He played 155 regular-season games in Alberta, recorded a combined total of 40 points, including six goals and 34 assists, and was named top defenceman for Drayton Valley from the 2019-20 campaign.

Pomeroy helped the Thunder reach the semi-final round of the 2020 AJHL playoffs, but was cancelled before it began due to COVID-19.

He joins a Niagara Purple Eagles program that appears to be on an upward trend of winning despite its 12-18-4 overall record last season in the 11-team Atlantic Hockey Conference.

The birds went to the championship final in 2019, but lost in overtime to American International. 

Niagara has won four conference titles in its men’s hockey history, the latest was back in 2008, and has made four NCAA national tournament appearances (2000, 2004, 2008, 2013).

As of this publication, there’s no tentative date for NCAA on when or if sports will be played in the fall.


Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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