The New Jersey 87's are proud to announce that Justin Vickers has committed to play Division III hockey at Stevenson University for the 2020-2021 season.
Vickers, a 20-year-old defenseman from Murrieta, California, is in his second year with the NJ 87s of the EHL. In 15 games this season, Vickers has 12 points with three goals and nine assists, and was recently named an alternate captain to the EHL team.
Justin played three seasons with the Colorado Springs Tigers at the U16 and U18 levels before moving east for his junior career. Justin reflected on his time with the Tigers saying, “The Tigers program provided me the opportunity to grow as a player and person. From the coaching staff to the training facilities the Tigers program provided what any athlete looking to get to the next level needs including a lot of exposure playing in the NAPHL. My time as a Tiger was positive and I have forever lasting relationships with not only teammates but friends I made living away from home and my billet family who I stay in touch with to this day.”
Stevenson University is a Division III program located in Baltimore County, Maryland. Competing in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Mustangs are led by head coach Dominick Dawes. Vickers spoke about his commitment and what the accomplishment means to him.
"It's something I've been working on for a long time, and it's something I've dedicated my whole life to," Vickers said. "To be able to watch it fall in place in front of me is really exciting."
Last season, in his first year of junior hockey, Vickers recorded 18 points (5g, 13a) in 36 games with the 87's. With 12 points in his first 15 games, the California native is well on pace to surpass those numbers and has emerged as one of the team's best two-way defenseman.
"Understanding the player that I am, I couldn't have done it without the great coaches that we have here,' he said. "They were able to help me understand how to play the game the right way and the things to do so you can settle in, play your game and be consistent."
"Justin is a great skater and has a high compete level both of which make him successful" said U18 head coach Kevin Holmstrom. "He has been committed to the process since the day I met him and I am happy he is having success with the 87's and such a great opportunity to come with Stevenson University"' The Tigers want to congratulate Justin and his family and look forward to his continued success.