Today the Vees made it official, as forward Jedd Soleway has committed to Wisconsin for the 2014-2015 season. Soleway was down in Wisconsin on Wednesday and Thursday, and gave his commitment then. Not a bad choice of schools, as you can see in the press release, they’ve been an “OK” team in the WCHA (tongue firmly in cheek).
Wisconsin is one of the most storied and decorated programs in college hockey, and they seem to produce NHL’ers year-over-year. Just look at the list of alumni that now grace NHL teams; darn impressive.
I think that`s the most impressive thing about Wisco, put all the winning aside, and this program develops pros; guys who are ready for the NHL game. Soleway already has a “pro body”, as the kid looks like a human Hulk, and playing under Mike Eaves will only make him an all-around better player. To me when I look at Soleway and his potential, I can see a kid, who can develop into one of those pro prospects. This isn’t me saying this, as I am repeating what has been said about the Vees forward. Regardless, Soleway has earned himself a scholarship to a great hockey program and a great school period.
Vees Press Release
“PENTICTON, BC – The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce forward Jedd Soleway has committed to the University of Wisconsin Badgers for the 2014-2015 season. Soleway becomes the 13th player of the Vees’ roster to secure an NCAA Division l scholarship.
Soleway, 18, was recently acquired in a trade with the Vernon Vipers. He has made a seamless transition since coming over from the Vipers, picking up two goals and five points in just four games with the Vees. This season, between Penticton and Vernon, Soleway has strung together seven goals and 22 point in 30 games. In 88 career games, Soleway has amassed 47 points. The Vernon native graduated from the Okanagan Rockets Major Midget program, where he put up 16 goals and 33 points in 40 games in 2010-2011.
The Badgers based in Madison, Wisconsin and are one of the more storied Division 1 men’s hockey programs, playing top-flight college hockey since 1963. The Badgers play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). To date, the Badgersare one of the most decorated programs in the WCHA. Wisconsin has won 11 Conference Tournament Championship, three Conference Regular Season Championships, and has raked in the hardware on the national stage.
Wisconsin has made 24 NCAA Tournament Appearances, making it to the NCAA Frozen Four 12 times and has won six NCAA National Championships; last winning in 2006 and were runners-up in 2010.
Recent Vees alum goaltender Joel Rumpel is currently in his sophomore season in Madison. 22 Badger alumni skated in the NHL in 2011-2012, second most of any collegiate team. NHL alumni include Danny Heatley, Ryan Suter, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh to name a few.”