Flin Flon Bombers goalie Pierce Diamond will be a pioneer next winter at Albertus Magnus College.
The New Haven, Conn., school, named after a Catholic saint who was a medieval scholar and philosopher, is starting an NCAA Division III hockey program. It has tabbed University of Vermont associate head coach Kyle Wallack to lead it in its debut season in 2019-2020.
“I’ll get the chance to be a big part of creating an identity for a new program and help be a building block for what will become a prestigious organization,” said Diamond, who emphasized the opportunity to play for a well-respected NCAA Division I coach who can help him develop at the next level was a draw. “After having many talks with Albertus, it really felt like it’d be the best fit for me in terms of academics, location, opportunity to play and to compete for a championship down the road. Being a part of an inaugural season for any team is always a special opportunity and I’m very honoured to have the chance to create a winning tradition at the next level with Albertus.”
Diamond, a 20-year-old from Edmonton who joined the Bombers in the offseason, plans to study business. He said he is humbled and honoured by the opportunity and appreciates all who helped him achieve it.
“I want to thank all my teammates, coaches, friends and family for the endless support throughout my junior career, as this scholarship would not have been possible if it weren’t for every one of them. Now the only thing to focus on is making sure that at the end of this season, there is a championship in Flin Flon.”