February 29 2016
Just days after playing his final game with the Elmira College men's ice hockey team, Carter Shinkaruk '16 has signed a Professional Try Out (PTO) contract with the Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
"This is a great opportunity for Carter," Coach Aaron Saul '98 simply stated. "I wish him the best in his next step in playing professional hockey."
A 2016 ECAC West All-Conference Second Team honoree, Shinkaruk joins the Steelheads who sit in first place in the Western Division of the ECHL Western Conference with a 29-20-5 record. The Langley, British Columbia, product will have the chance to play for his new team tonight, as Idaho battles the second-place Utah Grizzlies at CenturyLink Arena, located in the heart of downtown Boise, ID.
The Steelheads will be hoping Shinkaruk can step in and add production right away, something both parties should feel pretty good about. Shinkaruk had without a doubt his best offensive season with the Soaring Eagles in 2015-16, finishing with career highs in points (26) and goals (19) in just 24 games played.
His 19-goal total is tied for fifth in NCAA Division III hockey this season, while his 0.79 goals per game average ranks fourth. Shinkaruk's 26 points are tied for third-most in the ECAC West, while his 19 goals finished second only to Neumann University's Mike Davis, who tallied 20 in 26 contests.
Shinkaruk's array of scoring could be his biggest strength, as the fourth-year talent led the Soaring Eagles in shorthanded goals (3) and shared the team lead in power-play tallies (3). Shinkaruk is one of just four players in the country with three or more shorthanded goals this season, putting him in a a three-way tie for second place in the nation in that statistical category.