Powell River Kings’ forward Anthony Yu has committed to play National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I with the United States Air Force Academy.
“My family and I are super excited and humbled for my future at the Air Force academy,” said Yu. “From the minute I stepped on campus it felt like home and solidified everything they have to offer on and off the ice. With the mixture of high level hockey, success in their division, and academics, it was a very easy decision to make.”
Yu is coming off an impressive rookie campaign in the BC Hockey League (BCHL). He finished second on the team in goals with 17 and fourth in points with 39 en route to being named the Kings’ rookie of the year. He also won the fan favorite award.
“We are very excited for Anthony and his family,” said Kings’ head coach Brock Sawyer. “He came with a goal of achieving a commitment to play at the next level in Division 1, and he has reached his goal after a successful rookie season. We are proud of him for his accomplishments and cannot wait to see him perform this season and beyond at Air Force.”
Yu becomes the second current King committed to play for the Air Force Falcons in the future. His longtime friend Will Jones made a similar commitment last season and played a role in helping Yu make the same decision.
“It was a plus having Will already committed there; he had a huge part in educating me about the school,” said Yu. “I can’t thank my parents, teammates and coaches enough. I am extremely excited for what’s to come but for now, the main focus is getting back to Powell River and having a great [2023/2024] season.”