Brenden Kotyk Commits to UMD

The University of Minnesota Duluth receives a commitment from a former St. Scholastica defenseman, Brenden Kotyk.

Kotyk, a Regina, Sask native, started his career in the SMHL league where he skated for the Regina Pat Canadians.  In Midgets, he skated in 102 games while scoring 39 points, including 27 assists.

From the next two year ('10 and '11 seasons) the 6-5, 225 pounder protected the blue-line for the Humboldt Broncos of the SJHL.  During his reign in Sask juniors, he found the back of the net four times and seven points, but only played in 32 games.

After leaving the SJHL, Kotyk continued his junior trek in the MJHL, where he made a lot of noise with the Dauphin Kings, scoring 114 points and tallying 30 goals in two seasons.  He was named the defenseman of the year and made first-team All-Star in the league while leading all defenseman in scoring.  He also received the team MVP, best defenseman, best defensive player, hardest working player and the team's most outstanding character award.

Kotyk found himself going from juniors to the NCAA division 3 level, skating for the College of St. Scholastica, just seconds from Minnesota Duluth's campus.  With the Saints, Kotyk banked 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points during the 2012-13 season.

Kotyk's monstrous size and ability to play a very physical game will help UMD maintain a strong blue-line presence.  The kid is proven to have an offensive shot as well as a keen ability to see the ice, creating ways for scoring chances to develop.


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Anonymous said...

Will this affect the ability to bring in Ausmus next year?

Thats a good question. Whether it was to keep some of the younger kids in juniors another year or Casto's fill, I'm not sure. But I believe this could very well tell us something about the Ausmus sweepstakes.

Anonymous said...

According to Dauphin Kings twitter Brenden Kotyk won't suit up untill 2014-15 bulldog season is that correct?

Anonymous said...

Are they also expecting Andy Welinski to go pro after 2013-14 season?

Although I could be completely wrong, I would assume Kotyk will join the team next season, but again, I could be wrong. Welinski could very well go pro after next year if his abilities allow him too. Keep in mind that depends on many factors. I would have predicted Herbert would have gone to the NHL before Casto, so I guess anything is possible.

SMJ said...

Wouldn't Kotyk have to sit out a season as a transfer?