FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Jr. Senators are proud to announce the commitment of forward Sam Edwards to Maryville University (St. Louis, MO) for the 2022-2023 season.
Edwards, 20, joined OJS in 2020, after starting his junior career in the CCHL2 (now EOJHL) splitting time between the Ottawa Jr. Canadians and the Ottawa West Golden Knights.
“Going back to his first junior year as a 17-year-old, Sammy was always one of the most skilled players on the ice,” said Jr. Senators Assistant Coach, Stuart Battrick. “Since, he has learned the game more and more to make use of his incredible skill set. He’s developed so much as a person, and hockey player. Always close to being a part of teams who go on long runs, finally he got to be a big part of a championship run-scoring vital goals in the playoffs. He’s taken the path less travelled, and I’m so very proud of the person and player he’s become. I’m ecstatic he’s continuing his hockey career as a student-athlete! I can’t wait to track his progress!”
The Ottawa native played in some big situations this season with OJS, tallying eight goals and 12 assists, for 20 points in 47 games.
“Heading to Maryville for university will be a big step in my life, I’m really excited about it,” said Edwards. “I was extremely impressed with the facilities, and I hope to big a big part of their success. Off the ice, they had really a really intriguing sports management program that I’m thrilled to be going into. The time management and life skills needed to be a student-athlete is no easy task, but I am ready for it.”
Prior to OJS, Edwards played parts of two seasons in the CCHL2, scoring 53 points (25G/28A) in 67 games. He started the 2019 season in the NAPHL with the New Jersey Titans, Edwards returned home to the Golden Knights and scored six goals and added 12 assists for a total of 18 points as the Golden Knights were crowned regular-season champions in the cancelled season. During the 2019-2020 season, Edwards appeared in four games with the Jr. Senators, as an affiliated player.
“Again just want to thank everyone who’s been a part of my hockey career since my parents put on my first pair of skates at 3 years old,” added Edwards. “Family, friends, teammates, coaches, trainers, teachers, and anyone else who’s been there for my journey I truly do appreciate you.”
Edwards becomes the sixth member of the 2021-22 Junior Senators to commit to a post-junior program, joining David Mabey (York), Thomas Freel (Maine), Philippe Jacques (RIT), Bodie Nobes (Maine), and Simon Isabelle (RIT).
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Photos and Graphic credit: Rob Lefebvre (Icelevel), Davide Disipio & Nathan Pavao