LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO – Leamington defenseman, Jason Davenport is sticking with the red and white as he announces his commitment to play his NCAA Division 1 hockey with Miami University.
“I believe Miami is the right fit for me as a player and a person,” Davenport comments. “They have an amazing campus, facility and culture at Miami. As soon as I stepped foot on campus it felt like home.”
Davenport, who hails from Shelby Township, Michigan, has been a mainstay on the Flyers blueline this season, dressing in 43 games and scoring three goals to go along with 10 assists for 13 points.
He is averaging the second most ice time of any Flyers defenseman at just under 19 minutes per game.
“Leamington has been a great organization to play for in my first year of junior hockey,” Davenport continues. “Everyone from the coaches, staff and teammates have been amazing and pushed me every day to be a better player and teammate.”
“I’m really happy for Jason and his family,” Flyers head coach, Dale Mitchell states. “He’s a big part of why we have had success this season and glad her has been recognized for that. He will have no problem adjusting to the NCAA when he is a freshman.”
The 17-year-old has made himself known in the OJHL, being named to the Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge and the league’s Hudl-Instat Prospects Game.
Miami University, based in Oxford, Ohio, has made 12 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, with two Frozen Four appearances and finishing second in 2009. NHLers Dan Boyle, Andy Green, Kevyn Adams and Blake Coleman make up some of their alumni.
Davenport is the second Flyer to commit to a D1 program this season, along with Darian Anderson (Clarkson).
Nicholas Beneteau (St Lawrence), Ryan MacPherson (New Hampshire), Connor MacPherson (New Hampshire), Hayden Reid (Minnesota), Zack Borgiel (Merrimack) and Adam Jeffery (RIT) have also made their NCAA commitments out of Leamington in the past five years.
Next action for the Leamington Flyers is Thursday, February 8th when they suit up against the Brantford 99ers. Puck drop is 7:10pm at the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre at 7:10pm.