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Steele County Blades Defenseman Off to Waldorf University

By Steele County PR, 08/26/17, 7:00AM EDT

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Steele County Blades Defenseman Off to Waldorf University

The​ ​Steele​ ​County​ ​Blades​ ​are​ ​proud​ ​to​ ​announce​ ​that​ ​Josh​ ​Gouin​ ​has​ ​committed​ ​to​ ​play​ ACHA​ Division​ I​ ​​college hockey ​at​ ​Waldorf​  University​ in​ the​ ​fall.​  Josh​ played​ parts​ of​ ​​3 ​​seasons ​in ​​a​ Steele​ County​ Blades​ ​uniform.            
 
The​ ​Ft.​ ​Frances,​ ​ONT​ ​native​ ​played​ ​in ​28​ games​ ​for ​the​ Blades​ last year.​  In​ those 28​ games,​  ​he ​​logged ​6​ goals, 16​ assists,​ ​and​ ​34​ ​penalty​ ​minutes.​ ​In​ ​his​ ​three ​ ​seasons​ ​wearing​ black​ ​​and​ ​orange,​ ​Josh​ ​suited​ ​up ​​in​ ​61 ​​games​ ​and totaled ​35​ points​ from​ the blue​ ​line.​​  He ​started​   each of​​ his​​ ​three ​years​ ​with​​ ​Junior​ A​ ​Tier​ ​II​ ​teams​ ​​throughout​ ​the Canadian ​Junior​ Hockey​ ​ League.​             
 
Head​ ​Coach​ ​Nick​ ​Adamek​ ​had​ ​this​ ​to​ ​say​ ​about​ ​Josh’s​ ​choice.​ ​“We​ ​are​ ​so ​proud ​to​ ​list​ Josh​ as​ ​an ​alumnus here​ in​ Owatonna.​ ​He​ ​learned​ ​a​ ​never​ ​give​ ​up​ ​attitude​ ​while​ ​here.​ ​In​ ​his​ ​last​ ​year,​ he​ ​was​ the​ picture​ of​ consistency​ on​ the​ back​ ​end.”​ ​He​ ​continued​ ​“​ ​Coach​ ​Shelanski​ ​is getting​ ​a​ ​well​ ​conditioned​ ​student​ ​athlete​ ​that​ will​ ​bring​ his​ big​ ​frame and​ ​defensive​ ​awareness​ ​in​ ​their​ ​inaugural​ ​season​ ​in​ ​the​ ​NAIA.​ ​We​ ​wish​ ​Josh​ ​the​ ​best of​ luck​ in​ ​Forest​ City!”
 
Waldorf​ ​Warriors​ ​Head​ ​Coach​ ​Brett​ ​Shelanski​ ​added​ ​“​Josh​ ​is​ ​a​ ​very​ skilled​ ​defenseman​ ​who​ ​will​ ​help​ ​us immediately. ​ He​ moves​ ​the​ ​puck​ ​well,​ ​makes​ ​good​ ​decisions​ ​and​ sees​ the​ ​ice​ ​well.​ ​Josh​ ​is ​​a​ ​very​ intelligent​​ ​hockey player ​and​ ​will​ be​ a​​ significant contributor​ for​ us      in​​ all​ situations,"​ Shelanski​ said.​"He​ plays with​ an edge ​and​ ​has a​ lot ​ of​ ​grit​ to​ ​his game.​ ​​Josh​ ​is​ tough​​ in​​ ​front​ of​​ ​the​ ​net ​​and​ ​in ​the​ ​​corners ​and​​ will​ help​ make​ us​ ​a​ more​ ​difficult team​ to​ ​play​ ​against.​ ​His​ ​toughness​ ​along with​ his​ skill​ makes​ him​ an​ ​exciting​ signing​ ​for​ ​us.​ Our​ coaching staff saw Josh play​ a​ lot​ this​ past​ season​ and​ he was​ ​​a ​high​ ​priority​ ​signing​ for us​ ​​and ​a​ ​great addition​ to​​ our defense as ​we​ transition​ ​into​ ​NAIA​ ​hockey."
 
Josh​ ​Gouin​ ​feels​ ​“Playing ​in​ ​Owatonna​ ​for​ ​the​ ​past​ ​three​ ​seasons​ has helped​ me​ ​develop​ my​ skills​ ​on​ and​​ ​off​ ​the ice. ​ I​ ​feel​ as​ though ​I’ve become ​a​ ​better ​person all​ around;​  ​a​​ special thanks​ goes ​out ​​to ​​my coaches and teammates.” ​ He​ added​ “I​ ​am​ very​ excited ​to​​ start​ the school​ year this​ fall​​ ​in​ ​Waldorf​ University,​​ ​as​ ​we​ look​ ​forward​ to competing​ for​ a​ ​ National​ ​Championship.”​  
 
Waldorf​ ​University​ ​is​ ​located​ ​in​ ​Forest​ ​City,​ ​IA​ ​.​ ​Waldorf​ will​ ​become​ ​a​ charter member​ of​ the ACHA's​ newly-formed​ ​NAIA Division​ ​this​ ​year.​ ​They​ ​are​ ​coached​ by​ ​Brett​ ​Shelanski,​ who​ is entering​ his​​ seventh​​ season​​ ​as Head ​Coach​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Warriors.
 
Josh​ ​joins​ ​brothers​ ​Soren​ ​and​ ​Erik​ ​Colstrup,​ ​and​ ​Goaltenders​ ​Tim​ ​Grounds​ and​ Mike​ ​Severson​ in​ ​committing to​ a​ school.​ ​Grounds​ ​previously​ ​committed​ ​to​ ​University​ ​of​ Wisconsin-​River​ Falls,​ Erik​   and​ Soren​ ​to ​​Framingham​ ​State University. ​ Severson​ will​ ​be​ ​headed​ ​to​ Hamline​​ ​University. ​​He​ will​​ ​join ​​a​ Waldorf​​ ​team​ that​ has​ former​ ​Blades​ Hunter ​Marsh​ (2015-16)​ ​ and​ Alex ​Fleming​​ ​(2012-13) ​​on​ ​their​ ​roster.