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Bonnyville Pontiacs forward #13 Chayce Schmidt has committed to the Aurora Spartans.

Schmidt started his Pontiacs career back in the 2019-2020 season. The 2002 Lloydminster native has since suited up for a total of 183 games with the Pontiacs, placing him ninth in all-time games played for the Yaks.

“Chayce has been a staple of the Pontiacs for the last four years. He is everything that it means to be a Pontiac both on and off the ice and in the community,” said Associate General Manager Neil Langridge.

“When Chayce joined us from the Lloyd Bobcats U18 program he instantly became a fan and coach favourite. His passion and drive for the game led to a relentless work-ethic day in and day out.”

“If it wasn’t for the COVID year, Chayce would have finished at the top of the Pontiacs franchise in all-time games played which speaks for itself.”

“Being a Pontiac for the last four seasons will leave an everlasting impact on my life. The culture within the dressing room has molded a championship attitude in my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better junior organization to play for,” said Chayce Schmidt.

Chayce Schmidt is now the 11th Pontiac college commitment from the 2022-23 season roster and brings a strong work ethic, leadership, and pure tenacity to the Spartans program.

“The coaching staff showed extreme interest and was very professional and patient throughout my process of finding a new home, which shows a ton of respect,” said Schmidt.  “They are also a program that has a chance to win a championship which is huge for me.”

The Aurora Spartans are a Division III team located in Aurora, IL and play in the NCHA Conference.

“Chayce Schmidt will forever be engrained in our organization and he left the jersey in a better place than he found it,’ stated Neil Langridge.

“Aurora University is getting a top-notch player and individual. We wish Chayce nothing but the best going forward.”