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Grizzlys captain off to Alaska

While the Olds Grizzlys are done for another season, one of their graduating players will be moving on to the next level.

While the Olds Grizzlys are done for another season, one of their graduating players will be moving on to the next level.

Defenceman and team captain Corbin Karl has committed to the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves for next year and will join former Olds Grizzlys teammate Jordan Kwas with the NCAA division I school.

Karl, a native of Foremost, has been with the Grizzlys for three seasons and posted career high totals of 12 goals and 27 assists this season with the black and gold.

“It's been an unbelievable experience,” he said. “My first year I had a great captain to look up to in Curtis deBruyn and I think I've tried to play like him and last year another great captain in Corey Campbell. I'd like to think that I took a bit from both guys and I can't thank the organization enough for having me and helping me to go on to the next level.”

In addition to his offensive statistics this year, Karl also was named to the south division's first all-star team and was a finalist for top defenceman in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Grizzlys coach Kevin Willison said Karl played in all circumstances and contributed both on and off the ice for the black and gold.

“Playing multiple roles, power play, penalty killing and always coming to the rink with a positive attitude as well as hard work ethic were consistent traits that made Corbin a positive leader,” he explained.