Dauphin, Canada

Keaton Jameson wore a Swan Valley Stampeders jersey for three seasons, and now the 20-year-old is set to wear a Manitoba Bisons jersey.

The hard-checking highly skilled forward has committed to play for the University of Manitoba Bisons hockey team in the fall.

"I'm really excited," said Jameson. "I think it's a great opportunity for me absolutely. I'm really excited to go there. It's a great program, and it allows me to keep playing at a higher level."

Jameson played his first season with the Stamps during the 2015-16 campaign, and he had just seven points as a league rookie. He followed that up with a very effective 44 point campaign in the 2016-17 season.

This past campaign was by far Jameson's most effective and successful one as a Jr. hockey player as he smashed his previous high, with 70 points in 59 games. Throughout the three seasons, Keaton missed just 11 games, and 10 of those were in his first season with the team.

After being a rookie in the MJHL a few years ago, Jameson will once again be a rookie on the Bisons team, but he's not really worried about it.

"I think it's going to be alright," said Jameson. "It's definitely going to be a little bit of a change. Like in junior, you're playing with younger kids out there, but at university, these guys are all grown men. I'm going to have to help out with things around the room and what not, but I don't think it'll be a hassle on me or anything like that."

Keaton is one of a few MJHLers that have committed to the Bisons, which included Portage Terriers defencemen Mackenzie Dwyer. 

"It's awesome to see that guys I've played against over the past few years are going to be on my team now," he added. "I just want to go out there, and be a consistent player and get better as the season goes on. If I do that, I'm confident I'll be getting my fair share of ice time."

With the offseason well underway, this is a time for the 20-year-old to grind it out to make sure he's prepared for camp in the fall.

"I love to use the summer as a time to kind of separate myself from others," he added. "I think the offseason is huge for guys who want to get better and get to the next level. I'm training hard right now, skating a lot and trying to improve in any way I can."

Jameson looks back at his time with the Stampeders as a time that allowed him to improve immensely, and he backed it up with his production each year.

"I had some really good coaches, and I played with some really good teammates in Swan River," he added. "My time in Swan has made me the player I am today. All the work I put in there, is the reason I'm here today."

AUDIO: Keaton Jameson.