AJHL’s regular season penalty minute leader commits to York University

GRANDE PRAIRIE — Grande Prairie Storm defenceman Xavier Pouliot will be joining the York University Lions next season.

The twenty-one-year-old defenceman from Quebec will be heading east to start next season, after officially committing to York University on Monday. Pouliot, a 1998-born defenceman, will be set to depart the Storm after one season where he totaled 23 points in 52 games during the regular season, before putting up a point-a-game in Grande Prairie’s brief playoff run.

Besides being a solid puck moving defenceman that possesses strong vision from the back end, Pouliot’s game primarily revolves around his physicality. The rugged defenceman would lead the entire AJHL in penalty minutes during the 2018/2019 campaign, racking up a truly astounding 336 PIMs on the year.

Pouliot’s game would continue to improve through the season, as the noted fan favourite would finish the regular season with five points in his last three regular season games, while also leading all Storm skaters in points during the team’s first round elimination at the hands of the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

The 6’2, 215 pound defenceman will now look to build off a strong season in Grande Prairie, and help York improve upon a difficult season in the Ontario University Association.

This season the York University Lions compiled a 12-16-0 overall record in the OUA’s western conference, before being dropped in short order by the Brock Badgers in the first round of the OUA playoffs. The modern day York University Men’s hockey team has never won the OUA western conference, nor have they ever competed for the David Johnson Cup.

Pouliot joins four other AJHL alumni on the York Lions men’s varsity hockey roster.

–Alex Rodgerson, Trending 55 News