Whitecourt, AB – The Whitecourt Wolverines pleased to announce that graduating forward Morgan Messenger has accepted a scholarship to York University (U SPORTS-OUA)
The Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia product played two seasons with the Wolverines after being acquired from the Yarmouth Mariners (MHL) during training camp in 2014. In 110 career games with the Wolverines he registered 41 goals and 39 assists. Messenger was instrumental in the Wolverines run to the Alberta Junior Hockey League final this past spring finishing fifth in team playoff scoring while also being tasked with playing against the other team’s top lines.
This past season, Messenger set a career high in goals with 28 placing him second on the team during the regular season. His outstanding year finished with him being named the team’s most dedicated player at the year end awards ceremony where he also earned the Coaches award. Messenger’s recognition also reached league wide as he was nominated for the AJHL’s Most Dedicated Player award.
Messenger’s junior hockey career saw him suit up for three different teams in the Canadian Junior Hockey League (Whitecourt Wolverines, Lloydminster Bobcats and Yarmouth Mariners) where he amassed 255 career games while scoring 104 goals and 104 assists. He also helped the Lloydminster Bobcats to the RBC Cup Final in 2016.
The York University Lions play in the Ontario University Athletics division of U SPORTS and are coming off winning their sixth divisional title after an 18-6-4 regular season. In addition to their six division championships the Lions have won three national championships (1985, 1988 and 1989). The team is guided by head coach Chris Dennis who joined the team in 2015 after spending 10 years working with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.
The entire Whitecourt Wolverines organization would like to congratulate Morgan and his family on his selection of York University for his college experience and wish him all the best in his academics and athletics.
Morgan is the ninth player on or previously on this past year’s roster to earn a college commitment:
Joseph Nardi – Northern Michigan University
Justin Young – University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Evan Tschumi – Colgate University
Nick Quillan – Colgate University
Liam Motley – Cornell University
Bryson Traptow – Rochester Institute of Technology
Mitch Lipon – Mount Royal University
Kellan Cornelis – University of Alberta-Augustana
Morgan Messenger – York University