(Spruce Grove, AB) – The Spruce Grove Saints are proud to announce 20-year-old defenseman and assistant captain Brophy Dunne has committed to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, who compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.

Dunne has had an impressive career with the Spruce Grove Saints. He joined the club midway through the 2020-2021 season through a trade with the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). Known for his hard hitting and tough style of play, Dunne has had a tremendous impact on the Saints both on and off the ice. In 99 career Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) games played, Dunne has amassed 11 goals, 22 assists for 33 points and 298 penalty minutes.

Saints General Manager Rob Sklaruk spoke about Dunne’s commitment saying, “Brophy Dunne has been a huge part of our group over the past three seasons. He’s a heart and soul player who can change a game substantially by playing heavy or doing whatever it takes to win. Our players couldn’t ask for a better teammate, not just on the ice but off the ice as well. I would like to wish Brophy and his family the best, I’m glad he is staying close to Spruce Grove and continuing his career with the NAIT Ooks. Its excellent to see a character Saint advancing.”

The 6’0”, 210-pound left shot defenseman joins a long list of Saint Alumni to enroll in the NAIT Ooks program.

The Prince George, BC native and Cariboo Cougars product spoke about his recent commitment. “I am very proud to be joining a highly respected NAIT Ooks organization. I’m excited to further my education while continuing to play the game I love so much. I’d like to thank all of my coaches, teammates, friends and family for helping me achieve this goal!”

Dunne now joins Keifer Miller (Holy Cross), Ewan McPherson (American International College), Morgan Brady (Arizona State), Luigi Benincasa (Ferris State), Liam Watkins (Nebraska-Omaha), Breck McKinley (Bowling Green), Alexander Babich (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Carter Oakenfold (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and Brandon Spaulding (Holy Cross) as committed players to post-secondary schools.

The entire Saints organization would like to congratulate Brophy and his family on his commitment.

The Spruce Grove Saints are currently first in the AJHL North Division, with a record of 37-7-2. The Saints are currently in the middle of a three-game road trip, finishing up Friday in Whitecourt. Spruce Grove will then return home for three games, taking on the Olds Grizzlys on Feb 7th, the Camrose Kodiaks on Feb 10th and the Canmore Eagles on Feb 11th.