NAVAN, ON – The Navan Grads of the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) are proud to announce that defenseman Tristan Francis has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Oswego State University in the SUNYAC.
Francis, 20 is in his final season of playing junior hockey in the CCHL. The 6’00/185lbs. native of Orleans, Ontario, has appeared in all 52 games with the Grads this season, averaging 29:22 minutes per game on the blue line and has registered a personal best 36 points (7 goals, 29 assists).
In four seasons, with the Grads, Francis has played in 188 career CCHL games and recorded 67 points.
General Manager and Head Coach Marty Abrams said, “I cannot express how proud and thrilled we are that Tristan has committed to Oswego State University. Over his junior career with our program we have seen Tristan develop into an elite player in the CCHL. His determination and work ethic has resulted in this opportunity to continue both his academics and hockey with one of the best NCAA Division III programs in the U.S. On behalf of the entire Grads organization, we wish Tristan all the best as he enters this new chapter of his hockey career.”
Oswego State Lakers assistant coach Jon Whitelaw had this to say about the Francis commitment, “We are thrilled to have Tristan joining our hockey program and family. The Navan Grads coaching staff has done an excellent job in preparing Tristan for the next step in his hockey career. On the ice Tristan is a strong skater and competitor that will be a welcome addition to our blue line. We believe we are getting not only a quality hockey player but a quality individual that will represent our program and school with class.”
Francis is the fifth player from the Navan Grads roster who has committed to play NCAA hockey during the 2019-2020 season.