Rock’s Kercz; Olson Alberta bound to play ACAC hockey


Media Update

Release date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Rock’s Kercz; Olson Alberta bound to play ACAC hockey

TIMMINS, Ont. – The Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday that forward Zachary Kercz and defenceman Joe Olson have committed to attend school at the University of Alberta - Augustana and skate for the Vikings program that plays in the highly-competitive Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.

The 21-year-old Kercz, who hails from Aurora, Ont., led Timmins in scoring this past season amassing 81 points on 26 goals while setting up 55 more. His assist total was the second-highest in the NOJHL.

His offensive totals saw him finish sixth overall in league offensive production.

With nine power play tallies and a dozen man advantage assists along with a 20-game point streak during the campaign, his efforts saw him earn league CCM Hockey second team all-star honours at right wing.

Kercz also led the Rock in playoff scoring with eight points in six outings, including three markers.

As for Olson, the 21-year-old D-man from Maple Ridge, B.C. also had a solid final season of Jr. A hockey in the NOJHL.

He registered 31 points in 46 games for Timmins scoring four times while doling out 27 assists. His 11 power play points tied for the club lead among blueliners.

Olson led all defencemen on the Rock in postseason numbers averaging a point-per-game with six in as many outings on a goal and five helpers.

Based in Camrose, Alta., U of A - Augustana finished second in the nine-school ACAC men’s hockey conference in 2015-16 during the course of the regular season and advanced all the way to the league finals in the playoffs, before falling to unbeaten Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in the ACAC championship.

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