Monday, 05 May 2008
The Tulsa Rampage is pleased to announce that Bixby Oklahoma native Nic Powers has advanced to the NCAA. Powers, who spent his entire hockey career in Tulsa, will travel to Massachusetts where he will play with the Westfield State Owls beginning with the fall semester.
"Nic is, without question, the kind of kid who deserves opportunities for the future based on his character alone," Coach Chad MacLeod says "when you combine the kind of kid he is with the performance he gives every time he’s on the ice, there was no doubt he’d move on quickly."
Powers advancement comes after only one season with the Rampage, where he was the team’s second leading point producer. His ability to nab an average of over one tally per game secured him a spot on the leader’s board among the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) as well. Powers finished the season with 61 points in only 55 games gaining him recognition among the leagues top twenty five standout performers.
Powers’ talent for hockey was evident early on as he dominated the floor while playing inline roller hockey. With his interest in the sport peaked, he joined the Tulsa Youth Hockey Association, adding ice hockey to the mix. ImageAgain he demonstrated a natural ability for the sport that landed him in the Tulsa Flames travel program. After graduating from Bixby High School, Powers joined the Rampage and proved that he had more than just natural ability on his side.
"Nic is one of the hardest working people I have ever met," MacLeod says "his work ethic both on and off the ice is outstanding."
That work ethic combined with his previously mentioned character is something that has benefited the Rampage during the current season and may do so in the future as well. "When you have the opportunity to send a kid like Nicky up, its a huge deal," General Manager Julie Wilson says "not only do we get the chance to promote someone who definitely deserves it, he is also the kind of kid who adds to the reputation of our organization. His character and work ethic will impress the NCAA and because of that, our job of moving other kids will get easier."
Movement of players is something that is obviously a focus for the organization as Power will join two Rampage alumni at Westfield Wilson said. Former defenseman David Ciminelli and former goaltender Ian Wilson will be his teammates next season.
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