We mentioned in another sports page story last week that Austin Kuhn of Slave Lake played college hockey last year at Adrian College in Michigan. Since then we’ve talked to him and confirmed he’s heading back for another year of studying environmental sciences and hockey with the AC Bulldogs.
“It was a good experience,” says Kuhn about his first year.
Not surprising, since Adrian won its league and followed that up with an ACHA Div. I national championship.
Kuhn appeared in 29 games for the Bulldogs in his rookie season, scoring 11 goals and adding 15 assists.
How he came to the attention of the Adrian recruiters was they saw him playing Junior ‘A’ hockey for the English River Miners, a team based in Red Lake Ontario. That’s where Kuhn finished off his junior hockey, after a couple of seasons with Peace River of the NWJHL. He says Adrian people “saw me play on Hockey TV and then actually drove up and watched me play in Red Lake.”
Apparently they liked what they saw.
Kuhn says before that he hadn’t been thinking of attending hockey in the U.S., “but I wasn’t getting much for offers from home,” so he went for it.
So hockey-wise, he’s landed in a good spot, and hopes to play four seasons while completing a degree. And after that? Ending up with a career in forestry might result. He’s worked the past couple of summers as an Initial Attack firefighter back here at home and likes it.
Back to school now, for his second season. Kuhn describes Adrian as “a big sports school. It’s cool to interact with all the other athletes.”