The Flin Flon Bombers' former Alaskan connection will be back again - this time, at an NCAA hockey program.
Defenseman Calvon Boots, a two-year veteran of the Bomber blueline corps from 2017-2019, will switch college programs and join the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Tigers for next season. One of the team's top defenders when he aged out of junior hockey in 2019, Boots put up 71 points in 99 SJHL games, all in Flin Flon.
"Calvon is a very good skater who likes to get involved with the play offensively, but still plays a solid and competitive game defensively," said RIT associate head coach Brian Hills in a statement on the team's website.
“He has intensity and an edge that makes him very uncomfortable to play against. He was also voted to the SJHL All-Rookie team after his first season. As a Tiger, we think Calvon will bring a high compete level and will also be able to contribute offensively."
At RIT, Boots will rejoin his former Bomber teammate Caleb Moretz. Boots and Moretz go back years together in hockey. Both are originally from Fairbanks, Alaska and both played together at West Valley High in Alaska, with the Rocky Mountain Roughriders AAA U18 team in Colorado and with the Bombers. Boots, Moretz and fellow Alaskan Ethan Daniels each came to the club in 2017.
Boots started his collegiate career last year with the American International College (AIC) Yellow Jackets last year alongside former Bombers Nate Hooper and Joel Kocur, but only played one game on the year with the team.