The Calgary Canucks are proud to announce that Cory Kapeller has committed to attend the University of St. Thomas-Minnesota.
Kapeller, a 20 year old, 5’10” forward, played the in the AJHL for three years; all three years with the Calgary Canucks. Kapeller had an impressive 171 total games played in that 3 year span. Cory was an Assistant Captain with the team and his work ethic was a positive example for all his teammates to follow.
Cory’s hard work and dedication to his studies and his on ice skills and leadership has paid off with the opportunity to play for University of St. Thomas-Minnesota. Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a Catholic, diocesan university in the Midwest based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The largest private university in Minnesota, St. Thomas offers bachelor’s degrees in over 85 major fields of study and more than 45 graduate degree programs including master’s, education specialist, juris doctor and doctorates. University of St. Thomas hockey program has a tradition of excellence. They are one of only two NCAA DIII hockey programs to have amassed over 1000 wins in their program’s history. They have not had a losing season in over 30 years, and since the inception of the MIAC playoff they have yet to miss the conference playoffs. Their program has also been to the NCAA Tournament 15 times (8 of the last 12) and made it to the National Championship game in 2000 & 2005.
“Kapeller’s leadership down the stretch and into the playoffs was instrumental in a helping the team to the AJHL South Division Semi-Finals this year and he will be a great addition to the University of St. Thomas hockey team,” stated Canucks Head Coach Ryan Barrett. “Congratulations to Cory and his family for the fantastic opportunity he has earned. We wish Cory all the best in his academic and hockey endeavors.”