Provo, Utah. – The Provo Predators announced today that the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) Premier club has signed goaltender Bryson Stern for the 2022-23 junior season.
“It was hard to weigh my options with so many different Junior leagues and pathways out there. When Coach Dreyer reached out about the Predators, I was super excited about the opportunity he presented me. With the new ownership and Coaching staff this season, and the jump to the NCDC next season, I chose Provo because it is a great opportunity for us to be successful and establish the Predators as the team to beat in the West”, Stern said of his decision to sign with Provo this season.
Stern, 18 (12/8/03), led the Colorado Springs 18U AAA of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) in goals against average (2.27), save percentage (.908), shutouts (3), and wins (8) in 17 games during the 2021-22 season.
“Bryson comes from a great program in Colorado Springs at the Tier 1 level. He played against some of the best U-18 teams in the country last season and has an abundance of competitive hockey under his belt. When he is on the ice, he’s a gamer that’s capable of stealing points and we look forward to working with him”, Head Coach Nick Dreyer added about his first goaltender signed for the upcoming season.
The 6-1, 180-pound goaltender and native of Littleton, CO, previously played for Boston Hockey Academy 18U AAA and Rockey Mountain Roughriders 16U programs prior to donning the Tigers sweater last season under Kevin Holmstrom. During his time with the Roughriders, Stern went undefeated while in net en route to clinching the Colorado State 16 U Tier I State Championship.
When asked what he will bring to the team, Stern said, “I look to bring a winning mentality on and off the ice through working my absolute best day in and day out. I will bring a great work ethic into practice every day trying to be the best goaltender I can possibly be. Off the ice will be no different in eating and sleeping properly and working out to the best of my ability, while also focusing on being a team player and really bonding with all these new teammates.”
Stern, like his new teammate Yuri Ushakov, is not looking to compete but rather set the tone in the division from the start.
“I am looking forward to establishing the Predators as the team to beat in the Mountain Division and making a smooth and successful transition into Tier II next season”, Stern added. “There is not a better opportunity out there for me as a goalie to prove myself, while helping establish a program with a fresh start and a bright future.”
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