Marc Ducharme of the Summerland Steam has committed to play for the Arizona State University Sun Devils in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
Ducharme, 19, produced 18 points in 44 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games last season and had 26 in 80 career games. Ducharme also played in 15 KIJHL Teck Cup playoff games during his two seasons with the Steam.
The Bonnyville, Alberta product stepped into a bigger role with the Steam last season and that helped him improve many areas.
“The biggest area I improved was my confidence in the offensive zone and learning how to create more opportunities and chances,” said Ducharme. “The two years I had with coach Mark MacMillan and the Steam really helped me improve and mature on- and off-the-ice. I learned about leadership from the older players in my first year and seeing their habits really set me up for success in the KIJHL. My skills developed a lot with the quality of practices and drills and the experience of our coaching staff.”
Ducharme is grateful for the opportunity to join the Sun Devils program, while getting an education in business.