The Manhattanvile College Valiants program checked off a lot of boxes for Revelstoke Grizzlies captain Raymond Speerbrecker.

First is the school itself, which he says is very well regarded and gives people opportunity for employment after hockey. Among them are more than 12,500 internship opportunities, more than 3,500 employer connections and in 2018, 89 per cent of their graduates are employed or are in grad school.

The Revelstoke native plans to study finance and believes that job opportunities will be “pretty unmatched” as he attends the Westchester County-based campus that is 30 minutes from New York City. Another factor why Speerbrecker chose the school is his family’s financial commitment is something they can do.

The Valiant’s men’s hockey program is in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III. They have advanced to five NCAA Tournaments and earned five conference Tournament Championships, including the 2018-19 UCHC Title, and four ECAC West Conference Tournament championships (2005, 2007, 2008, 2010), in addition to topping the ECAC West regular-season standings twice (2006, 2007).

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