Chilliwack Chiefs’ 16-year old defenseman Hudson Thornton has solidified his NCAA Division 1 future with a commitment to play for the University of Minnesota Duluth. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Thornton spent the past two seasons playing for the RINK Hockey Academy in the CSSHL. The 5’10 170 LB defenseman had plenty of options, largely due to his ability to get pucks through and create offense from the point but ultimately decided on UMD based on their winning tradition (back to back National Championships) and their ability to develop defensemen.
“I am very proud and excited to commit to the University of Minnesota Duluth. UMD offers an outstanding program that has had much success in winning and developing defensemen to the next level. This is a very exciting time for my family and I, and we are looking forward to the future,” said Thornton.
“The Chiefs are extremely proud of Hudson and look forward to being part of his development for years to come,” said Chiefs Associate Coach and Assistant GM Brad Rihela. “Hudson is a kid with great instincts and ability with a work ethic to match, he will be a big part of the future in Chilliwack and at UMD.”
The Chiefs’ home opener goes September 20th at the Chilliwack Coliseum versus the Prince George Spruce Kings. Tickets are still available. Call 604-392-4433 to reserve your seats!