It’s back to the United States for Calvon Boots – this time, to play NCAA Division I hockey.
Boots signed with the American International College (AIC) Yellow Jackets.
The 21-year-old defenceman from Fairbanks, Alaska wrapped up his second and final season with Bombers this year, ending the season as a nominee for the SJHL’s top defenceman award.
Last season, Boots collected 42 points in 44 games, including 33 assists, earning a reputation as a power play quarterback with responsible two-way play and the ability to throw big hits. Although a broken hand and a suspension from a massive check on Melfort Mustang forward Carson Albrecht forced him to miss much of the stretch, Boots came back for the playoffs, making it into five games for the Bombers.
Boots will join outgoing Bomber captain Nate Hooper and former Bomber forward Joel Kocur on the Yellow Jackets, who won a conference championship last season and took down top-ranked St. Cloud State in the NCAA national tournament before reaching the national quarterfinals.
Boots is the fourth Bomber to receive an NCAA scholarship this year. Forwards Caleb Moretz and Vincent Nardone signed scholarship agreements with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Tigers and the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) Mavericks last fall. Hooper inked an agreement with AIC late last month.