Gove Commits to Amherst

Pontiacs Defensemen Quinton Gove has announced his commitment to Amherst College as of Monday, March 20th, 2023.

Gove is now the Pontiacs’ 10th Commitment on the roster and the 6th to commit this season.

“I’d say the academics there are second to none so that was a huge factor in committing to Amherst,’ said Gove. “They also have a really good hockey program and they field a competitive team almost every year.”

“I think next year they have a real chance to make the NCAA Tournament. They’re returning almost all of their forwards and adding a couple of players so I am really excited.”

The 02 Ypsilanti, MI native joined the Pontiacs back in November. “I definitely wouldn’t have this opportunity without the Pontiacs. I think it’s really a first class organization’, noted Quinton Gove.

“From the day to day operations with Banger [Neil Langridge, Associate GM ], to Chad [Nelson, Associate GM] being pivotal with helping me get in contact with these schools, and Mario [Pouliot, Head Coach] and Caddy [Connor Cadaret, Assistant Coach] have helped me become a better player both on and off the ice.”

Gove has recorded three goals and 15 assists for 18 points this season with the Pontiacs. As the first round of the 2022-23 AJHL Playoffs is now underway, Gove has cemented himself as a name stay on the Pontiacs blue line as a respected two-way defensemen.

“My high school coach Clint Robert was pivotal in helping me get to where I am today. But without a doubt, I wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for my parents and not only for the sacrifices they’ve made to get me to this point in my hockey career, but also to continually give me the opportunity to play the game I love.”

With the first four games of the 2023-24 AJHL playoffs out of the way, Quinton Gove has produced two goals and one assist giving him three points in four games.

“Great news and more than well deserved,’ said Pontiacs coach Mario Pouliot. ” Quinton is a great person, hard-worker, and a very smart kid.”

He’s a great teammate that’s a good two-way defensemen who brings energy and emotion to the team along with a high compete level.”

“He has been the most improved player on our team since he’s joined us. He’s a great addition for Amherst and I wish him all the best!”

The Amherst College Mammoths are a division III team located in Amherst, Mass. and plays in the NESCAC Conference.

The Pontiacs’ next game is Friday, March. 28th at 7:00pm against the Whitecourt Wolverines at the Safety Scott Centre in Whitecourt, AB. This will be Game one of the second round in the 2022-23 playoffs and Gove’s first game as a committed College hockey player.

Pontiacs Forward #25 Trey Funk Awarded AJHL Most Dedicated Player Award

The Bonnyville Pontiacs are thrilled to announce that Trey Funk is the AJHL’s Most Dedicated Player.

The Pontiacs captain and third-year forward from Redwood Meadows, Alberta, beat out three finalists to win the Don McNabb Memorial Trophy it was announced on Friday.

“Trey is an outstanding teammate, person and Pontiac,” said associate general manager Neil Langridge. “During his three years with our organization, his dedication has not wavered for the team and community of Bonnyville. Trey’s commitment to the game and his craft has been evident since his first days in the AJHL and for him to be recognized for his dedication is only fitting.”

Through his Pontiacs tenure, Funk has journeyed past an adversity-filled rookie season that was interrupted by COVID, made significant strides last year by earning a commitment to Canisius College, and has been a leader for the Yaks this season, posting a career high 21 goals and 22 assists.

He is the third Pontiac to receive the award, joining the likes of Ryan Symington in 2016-17 and Kevin Carthy in 2010-11.

“I am very happy for Trey, it’s more than well deserved,” said head coach Mario Pouliot.

“He’s a great leader, he has a tremendous work ethic, and a high compete level. For me, when I am thinking of Trey, he is a great warrior and he’s leading by example and he’s always pushing himself.

He plays the game at a high level, always pushing the pace, and he has a great desire to get better and win every game is playing. So, a tremendous honour for him, I’m really happy. It’s well deserved and I’m really proud to be his coach.”

Graduating from junior hockey this season, Funk will have donned the Yaks jersey 118 times in the regular season, collecting 37 goals and 44 assists, heading into the finale on Friday night vs the Grande Prairie Storm. The Bonnyville Pontiacs tip their cap to the dedication of Trey Funk and congratulate him on the achievement.

Pontiacs Forward #21 Nicolas Beaudoin Named AJHL Rookie of the Year

The Bonnyville Pontiacs are excited to announce that Nicolas Beaudoin has been named the AJHL Rookie of the Year.

Beaudoin received the most votes out of four finalists to win the Dick White Trophy, the league announced on Friday.

The St. Paul, Alberta native has taken the league by storm this season, scoring 39 goals and 33 assists in 54 games played heading into the regular season finale on Friday night. That is currently the lead amongst all rookies in goals and points, sitting two ahead of Brooks Bandits defenceman Sam Court, and second overall in goals amongst all skaters.

“I’m very happy for Nico, it’s well deserved,’ said head coach Mario Pouliot.

“He’s a great kid, he’s a passionate kid, he loves the game, he works extremely hard every day to get better. He builds his own success and is a guy that when the pressure is there, he is always pushing really hard to do good. I’m really proud to be his coach and it’s more than well deserved.”

Playing 17 games as an affiliate with the Yaks last season, Beaudoin was a star with the St. Paul Canadiens of the North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League in 2021-22. He claimed Rookie of the Year in that league scoring 16 goals and 21 assists in 24 games, and registering 15 points in 10 games en route to a Provincials run.

“Nico’s dedication to the game of hockey and his success has been unwavering for years, coming in last year as a relatively unknown affiliate and eventually earning his spot on this years team, Nico has blazed a path that not many have and its a testament to his character and drive,’ stated associate general manager Neil Langridge.

“Nico is only the second Pontiac to ever receive the honour and i couldn’t be happier for him to be recognized for his accomplishments.”

His lineage is strong within the organization. Beaudoin’s older brother, Jean-Marc, was a stalwart with the franchise as well, playing from 2002-2006, and eventually becoming captain of Quinnipiac University in his senior year of NCAA hockey.

Nicolas will be following his brother’s footsteps onto the next level in the future as well, as he is committed to University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The Pontiacs organization is proud of the success Nicolas Beaudoin has achieved this season and know that the future remains bright for the Lakeland area product.

The Pontiacs are back in action in the RJ Lalonde tonight, March 3rd at 7:00pm, to close out the regular season.