The Brooks Bandits are proud to announce that 20 year old Forward Dakota Mason has committed to play at Plattsburgh State University, beginning in the fall of 2013. Located in Plattsburgh, NY the “Cardinals” play in the SUNYAC conference under long time Head Coach Bob Emery. Emery has led the Cardinals since 1989 and has compiled an incredible 523 wins during his time.
Dakota is from Edmonton, AB and is an alumnus of the SSAC Midget AAA program. From there he moved on to play for the Dawson Creek Rage of the NAHL before being acquired by the Bandits in the summer of 2011. In his first season with the Bandits Dakota helped pave the way to an AJHL Championship with 9 points in 11 playoff games. This season the skilled centerman scored 67 points in 55 games and became one of the leagues highest point per game scorers. Dakotka was also reconized by Hockey Canada in 2011 with an invite to the Team Canada West try out camp for the World Junior A Challenge.
Bandits Head Coach/GM Ryan Papaioannou, “Dakota has grown as a player over the last 2 seasons. He has undeniable offensive skills and has worked hard at his game away from the puck. I have been really happy with his production for our organization. This comittment gives him the opportunity to continue growing at the colligate level and play for a great program in Plattsburgh. We wish him all the best in taking his game to the next level.”
The Bandits Organization would like to congratulate Dakota and his Family on his athletic and academic future.
Dakota is the eighth Bandit comitted to play in the NCAA joining;
- Patrick Lee (University of Massachusetts)
- Anthony Paskaruk (Clarkson)
- Corey Scammon (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
- Anthony Petruzzelli (University of Vermont)
- Chris Muscoby (University of Vermont)
- Maddison Smiley (University of Massachusetts)
- Tanner Hicks (Manhattenville)