Struthers commits to Bemidji State men’s hockey for 2013-14 season

Carter Struthers, left, and Andrew Matheson head out onto the ice to play the Estevan Bruins on Oct. 7. Photo via Weyburn This Week.

Saskatchewan native Carter Struthers has made a verbal commitment to the Bemidji State men’s hockey team for the 2013-14 season.

Struthers is a 6-foot-5, 204-pound defenseman and currently plays for his hometown Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The 19-year-old has three goals and 18 assists for 21 points in 31 games this season.

Red Wings radio broadcaster and blogger Jason Knox of Knox Tox said this about Struthers in a recent post:

“Carter has been a pleasant surprise for Wing fans this year, not only with his ability to contribute on the scoresheet, but his poise and smart play inside his own end.  As much as he is able to chip in offensively, in my opinion his ability to be a shutdown guy on the backend is more impressive. Since the first game of the season he has been a bright spot for the Red and White.”

Struthers played in the Saskatchewan Midget League (SMAAAHL) with the Tisdale Trogans and the Regina Pat Canadians in 2010-11. He was the fourth leading defenseman with 12 goals and 20 assists.

Known Bemidji State prospect list (subject to change).

Graeme McCormack (D, Nanaimo, BCHL), Signed NLI.
Brad Robbins (F, Sioux City, USHL), verbal commitment.
Brady Riesgraf (D, Coulee Region, NAHL), verbal commitment.
Cory Ward (F, Aberdeen, NAHL), verbal commitment.

Corey Petrash (F, Winnipeg Saints, MJHL), verbal commitment.
Bob Kinne (F, Lincoln, USHL), verbal commitment.
Brendan Harms (F, Portage Terriers, MJHL), verbal commitment.
Carter Struthers (D, Weyburn Red Wings, SJHL), verbal commitment.

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