Doug Wakelyn Commits to ACHA D1 Western Michigan University
Colorado Springs native Doug Wakelyn has committed to play his college hockey and continue his education at Western Michigan University. Doug is currently undecided on a major but is excited to begin his college hockey journey in Kalamazoo. “Doug is a big pickup for us”, Head Coach Andy Reynolds said. “He has the ability to control the game by making timely saves. He plays well in games where he gets a lot of work, and will fit right in with the culture we are trying to build”.
Wakelyn last played for the Colorado Springs Tigers U18 team during the 2018-19 season winning 19 games on the season and an all-star performance in the state playoffs that season.
Since that time Doug has taken advantage of several opportunities and experiences in the junior ranks. Wakelyn gained valuable experience at every stop in the NAHL, NCDC, SJHL, NA3 and finally the Pueblo Bulls of the USPHL. “Doug was obviously a difference maker for our teams growing up and helped shape our culture while creating some great memories” stated Tigers U18 Head Coach Kevin Holmstrom.” I’m very proud of his work ethic, attitude and perseverance which speaks volumes of his character. Doug has always put himself in a spot to succeed and his commitment to Western Michigan is no different, he will be very successful.”
Looking back on his journey Wakelyn commented “after playing two years of junior hockey for four teams in four different leagues and two countries I am excited to be attending and playing for Western Michigan University at the ACHA D1 level. I couldn’t have gotten to this point in my career without most of those teams and coaching staffs. Colorado Springs/Miners was my home for four years of AAA hockey. The organization gave me great opportunities to where I had an excellent last season as a Tiger helping my team with 19 wins. I can’t thank all of my coaches that I played for enough with a special thanks to coach Holmstrom for helping me develop my skills and talents and grow as a person. Best of luck to the future Tigers teams!”