UMass Hockey Signs Alex Wakaluk
June 19, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Alex Wakaluk, a 5-9, 175-pound goaltender from Bellevue, Alberta, has signed a National Letter of Intent with the UMass hockey program, head coach John Micheletto announced on Wednesday. Wakaluk joins Marc Hetnik and Brandon Wahlin as the third player to join the Minutemen's Class of 2017.
"Alex Wakaluk, a southern Alberta native, played for coach Jamie Fiesel and the Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior League," said Micheletto. "A durable and technically sound goaltender with great anticipation and quickness, he will certainly add to our talented goaltending corps. Alex comes from great bloodlines, his father, Darcy, played close to 10 years in the NHL and has worked as a goaltending coach since his retirement. We're certainly looking for good things out of Alex over the course of his career."
Wakaluk backstopped the Melville Millionaires to one of the best records in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) in 2012-13 en route to SJHL MVP honors in his second season with the squad. One of the league's busiest netminders, Wakaluk finished in the top-three in virtually every major statistical category as he was first in the SJHL in wins (28), second in save percentage (.930), saves (1,385), shutouts (five) and minutes played (2,721), while ranking third in goals-against average (2.32).
By virtue of his SJHL MVP recognition, Wakaluk was a finalist for the RBC Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year award. In 13 SJHL playoff games this season, the goaltender logged a 2.22 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage with 397 stops.
In 2011-12, Wakaluk appeared in 26 contests for Melville and recorded a 2.97 GAA and a save percentage of .910. He is the son of former NHL netminder Darcy Wakaluk.