Shane Roulette played the last 71 games of his Jr. A hockey career with the Swan Valley Stampeders.

Now, the 20-year-old is set to head to Ashland, Wisconsin to play for the Northland College Lumberjacks Division 3 hockey team.

"It's really exciting for me," said Roulette. "It's a big step in growing as a person, and as a hockey player. I'm really excited to get it started."

When going through his options, Northland was a no-brainer for the hardworking forward.

"Northland plays in one of the top Division 3 hockey leagues," he said. "It's also not that far from home, so I can always come home for a weekend, or my family and friends can come out to see me. It's a great program, and I can't wait to be a part of it."

Shane is now set to join one of his best friends, Duck Bay's Daniel Chartrand who is also getting set to play with the Lumberjacks.

"We've been playing against or with each other for the last six years or so, and we've become really good friends," Roulette added. "I can definitely see myself helping him, and him helping me succeed. It's really exciting that I'll get to play some more hockey with him."

The hard-hitting Roulette began his Jr. A career with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines, and also spent time with the OCN Blizzard, before playing with the Stampeders, and he feels he'll be ready for college hockey.

"I know it's going to be a bit faster, but I'm not too concerned," he said. "I feel I've been getting better with each passing year, and I'm hoping that'll continue when I lace up the skates for the Lumberjacks in the fall."

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