COBOURG, ON - SEPTEMBER 20: Michael Eftimovski #19 of the Toronto Jr Canadiens follows the play during the second period at the Cobourg Community Centre on September 20, 2022 in Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Shawn Muir / OJHL Images)

Michael Eftimovski of the  Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Toronto Jr. Canadiens (photo credit – Shawn Muir  | OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the NCAA University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers in Stevens Point, Wisconsin beginning with the 2023-24 season.

The defenceman played the past two seasons for his hometown Jr. Canadiens, helping the team to back-to-back OJHL regular season championships.

The 20-year-old assistant captain scored eight goals and assisted on 24 more last season.

“I’m very excited to get started and it is an honour to be part of such a great program,” Eftimovski said of his commitment. “JRC has really helped me over the past two years in developing me into the player I am today. Credit to the coaching staff and unreal teammates.

“With the success we had over the two years it has put me in a great position to get the opportunity to commit to such a great school.”

Vince Bellissimo, his coach with JRC, is proud of the blueliner.

“Michael was an anchor for us with the Toronto Jr. A Canadiens on our backend and played big minutes in all situations for two full seasons with us,” said the OJHL’s coach of the year. “He is a well-rounded player that contributes in every facet of the game.

“His character, leadership and dedication will be a big addition to the Wisconsin-Stevens Point program along with his on-ice contribution. We are very excited for him with this next step in his hockey and education.”

Former OJHLers on the Pointers’ 2022-23 roster included Nicholas Aromatario and Matthew Falls from the Cobourg Cougars and Andrew Poulias (Pickering).

Congratulations to Michael and best of luck in the NCAA!

The OJHL, the largest Jr. A hockey league in Canada, has had more than 90 NCAA, U SPORTS, CHL and professional commitments in 2021-22 – including more than 25 NCAA Division I scholarships.

Check out all our 2022-23 commitments by clicking HERE

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