Boman Commits To Niagara


The Soo Thunderbirds have announced on Sunday that sophomore defenceman Caleb Boman has committed to Niagara University in NCAA Division 1 hockey.

“We are extremely proud of Caleb and happy for him and his family today with his commitment to play at Niagara University,” said T-Birds general manager Jamie Henderson. “Caleb has come a long way the last year and a half and really committed himself this past Summer to becoming a top player in our league.”

Boman, who suited up for Team NOJHL this month at the Eastern Canada Junior A Challenge in Cornwall, has also been named to Team Canada’s East Selection Camp roster for the upcoming World Junior A Challenge.

“I chose Niagara because they made it really welcoming,” said Boman. “I looked at the programs to take and they have a lot of interesting options.”

Through 71 career games thus far for the T-Birds, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario product has 15 goals and 57 points along with 52 penalty minutes.

“Outside of school, the hockey aspect looks like a great atmosphere and should be a great 4 years with the Purple Eagles,” continued Boman. “I think my development as a player has come a long way. In season and out I continued to work hard. My coaching staff has pushed me and made me the player I am today, they gave me the confidence to be the best I can.”

Boman, who led all T-Bird defencemen in goals and points last season, has been one of the top blueliners this year in the NOJHL.

“My family and I are really excited,” concluded Boman. “My parents are really proud of me and are excited for my future with the Purple Eagles.”

Boman follows former T-Birds Owen Headrick (Lake Superior State University) and David Radke (Colorado College), who both committed to NCAA Division 1 hockey from the 2014-2015 team that went on to be crowned Central Canada champions.

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Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.