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Whitecourt, AB – The Whitecourt Wolverines are pleased to announce that 1997-born forward Estian Coetzee has committed to the State University of New York at Fredonia Blue Devils (NCAA, Div III).
The Fort McMurray, Alberta product is in his second season with the Wolverines after being acquired last year from the Camrose Kodiaks. In his time with the Wolverines, Coetzee has played in 65 games scoring 12 goals and 26 assists while playing an additional 24 games in the post-season where he collected 5 goals and 6 assists. During his three years in the AJHL he suited up for the Wolverines, Camrose Kodiaks and Olds Grizzlys playing in a total of 144 games where he registered 37 goals and 51 assists.
Prior to playing junior hockey, Coetzee played in both the Fort McMurray and Fort Saskatchewan Minor Hockey programs. In his final season in Fort McMurray, while playing for the Bantam AA Barons, he scored 11 goals and 9 assists in 32 games. In his lone season of Midget AAA hockey, he picked up 8 goals and 11 assists in 32 games with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers.
The Fredonia Blue Devils play in the NCAA third division in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC). They are coached by Jeff Meredith who recently completed his 30th year behind the Blue Devil bench where he has compiled more than 400 career wins which ranks in the top 50 of NCAA hockey coaches of all-time. The Blue Devils have won three conference championships and appeared in the NCAA final four twice.
Coetzee will become the first AJHL alumnus to suit up for the Blue Devils since Ryan Wilkinson (Calgary Mustangs) and Taylor Bourne (Olds Grizzlys) did so during the 2015/2016 season.
The entire Whitecourt Wolverines organization would like to congratulate Estian and his family on his selection of the State University of New York-Fredonia for his college experience and wish him all the best in his academics and athletics.
Estian is the fourth player on this year’s roster to earn a college commitment:
Liam Motley – Cornell University
Tyr Thompson – University of Alabama-Huntsville
Jaedon Leslie – Ohio State University
Estian Coetzee – SUNY-Fredonia